Chatham residents can apply for Hurricane Florence FEMA disaster relief

Pittsboro, NC – After extensive effort to document damage around the county, Chatham County Emergency Management received notice today that residents and business owners in the county may now apply for FEMA disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Florence.

“We are so grateful to know that property owners in the county with damage can now apply for some financial help,” said Chatham County Emergency Management Director Steve Newton. “While we did not have widespread damage across the county, we did have several properties with major damage or total losses.”

Important information about applying for FEMA grants:

  • To be eligible, the storm damage and losses must have occurred as a result of Hurricane Florence between Sept. 7 and Sept. 29, 2018.
  • If you have a homeowner’s or flood insurance policy, file your insurance claim before applying for FEMA disaster assistance.
  • For qualified homeowners and renters, disaster grants will help pay for basic repairs to make a home habitable, temporary rental assistance, and serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other sources.
  • The US Small Business Administration provides disaster assistance, including low-interest disaster loans, for businesses of all sizes (including landlords), private nonprofits, homeowners and renters. Excluding insurance, SBA serves as the primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property.


To apply for FEMA assistance, visit online or call toll-free 1-800-621-3362 (voice, 711, or VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) between 7 AM to 11 PM EST seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.

To apply for Small Business Administration disaster assistance, visit