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Damage Assessments and Recovery Information

Hyde County has a number of local, state, and federal assistance programs and services available to help citizens recover in the wake of Hurricane Florence. The county will be releasing information regarding the recovery assistance programs via press releases, social media, and this page. To speak with a local representative, contact the Hyde County Emergency Operations Center at 252-926-3715, Monday – Friday between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm.

FEMA Disaster Declaration

On Monday, September 24, 2018, FEMA Director, Brock Long, amended the Federal Disaster Declaration Order, FEMA-4393-DR, to include Hyde County. This declaration triggered the release of Federal funds to help individuals and communities recover from Hurricane Florence. Hyde County has received a FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) Declaration which allows homeowners, renters, and businesses to apply for vital short-term and long-term recovery assistance. 

Registration is available by calling 1-800-621-3362. Those with a speech disability or hearing loss that 
use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585. Individuals that use 711 or video relay service (VRS) should call 1-800-621-3362. Online registration is also available at or you can download the FEMA Mobile App on your smartphone by sending a text with the word APPLE or ANDROID to 43362, depending on the type of cellular phone you use.

When contacting FEMA, please have the following information available. Your address with zip code; directions to your property; condition of your damaged home; insurance information if available; Social Security number; phone number you can be contacted with; address where you can receive mail. Disaster assistance funds can be sent directly to your bank account. Please be ready to provide account type, account number, and routing number if available. When you register, you will be given a FEMA registration number. Write down this number, as you will need to reference it anytime you contact FEMA.

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is open in Hyde County at the O.A Peay School, 1430 Main Street, Swan Quarter, NC 27885. The DRC will be open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until further notice. Representatives from the State of North Carolina, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business A
dministration (SBA), and other organizations are at the centers to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs.

Individual Assistance Program Fact Sheet

Disaster Recovery Centers Fact Sheet

Disaster Survivor Assistance Fact Sheet

Nonprofit Houses of Worship in North Carolina Now Eligible to Apply for FEMA Public Assistance in the wake of Hurricane Florence

Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans

The SBA has only authorized Hyde County for Economic Injury Disaster Loans at this time. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) provide working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.

For more information, contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing [email protected], or visiting SBA’s website at Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

 The Division of Employment Security (DES) has announced that Hyde County been approved for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) due to the effects of Hurricane Florence. Individuals who are affected by the disaster, and are unable to continue working, must file an application for benefits within 30 days from today, September 25 – or, by October 25, 2018.

Workers who became unemployed as a direct result of the effects of Hurricane Florence impacting North Carolina may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits under the DUA program. Business owners affected by the storm may also qualify for benefits.

Individuals may contact DES by calling 1-866-795-8877 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to apply for DUA benefits. If you have additional questions, you may email DES at [email protected] or go to

Application deadline is October 25, 2018.

North Carolina Fisheries Association Economic Damage Estimate Needed

The North Carolina Fisheries Association needs hurricane damage estimates for the commercial fishing sector of the state. Estimates of damages to fish houses, boats, lost gear, homes, vehicles or anything else connected to commercial fishing are needed when asking for help from various levels of government.

Because of damages sustained to areas where NCFA employees live, all information is requested to be sent to Jerry Shill at 252-361-3015 or email to [email protected] lost income is not needed at this point.

N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has activated its hotline to connect farmers with resources that can assist with agricultural emergencies. The toll-free number is 1-866-645-9403. A live operator will be available on the hotline between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Farmers can also find recovery resources on the department’s disaster website.