New Hanover County Small Business Recovery Resources
Many business owners are experiencing both business and personal setbacks in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The recovery process could take months or even years in some areas of eastern North Carolina and it’s important to understand your options and strategies on how to move forward. Below, we have included verified and legitimate links and information for local and federal assistance.
• The Small Business Administration (SBA) has set up a Recovery Center at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce office to provide information about disaster loans, answer questions, and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The Center will have normal operating hours Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will be closed on Sundays.
The SBA offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans for physical damage and working capital. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov.
To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or download the FEMA mobile app. If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362.
Additional details on the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 13, 2018. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 14, 2019.
• New Hanover County will open a Community Recovery Resource Center on Friday, September 28 at Independence Mall to assist residents of New Hanover County and surrounding areas as they recover from Hurricane Florence. At the resource center, residents will be able to apply for disaster food stamps (D-SNAP), apply for FEMA assistance, receive supplies, and get help from local community organizations.
• North Carolina Business recovery steps and resources: http://www.sbtdc.org/hurricaneflorence/
• New Hanover County Building Safety Department no charge emergency repair permits: https://buildingsafety.nhcgov.com/hurricane-repairs/?_ga=2.28973755.629161946.1538146088-1503796418.1533578985
• Food and water safety, including steps to follow before re-opening your restaurant or other food operations: https://emergency.nhcgov.com/food-water-safety/
• Volunteering or donating: https://emergency.nhcgov.com/donations-volunteering/
• FEMA Assistance: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4393
• Public Information Hotline for questions related to Hurricane Florence recovery: (910) 798-6800, you can call 9 a.m.-7 p.m., 7 days a week. After hours, callers may leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
For up to date information as New Hanover County recovers: https://emergency.nhcgov.com/