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Posted on: October 10, 2018

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center in Havelock

A disaster recovery center is now open in Havelock in Craven County, in addition to the center in New Bern.  North Carolina Emergency Management and FEMA will open additional centers in affected counties in the coming days. The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the North Carolina federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Florence.  Representatives from the State of North Carolina, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (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. 

The new center is located at:

Former rue21 Clothing Store

537 Hwy. 70 W, Suite 103

Havelock, N.C. 28532

Another Craven County center is located at:

Former Eckerd Drugstore

710 Degraffenreid Ave.

New Bern N.C. 28560


Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time, until further notice

Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Use the FEMA app or visit to view other locations.

Homeowners, renters and businesses should register for disaster assistance before visiting a recovery center. There are several ways to register:

  • Go online to;
  • Use the FEMA mobile app; or
  • Call FEMA at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or VRS) anytime from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available. 

All recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment, such as amplified phones and listening devices for people with hearing loss and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available. In-person American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are available by request by calling or texting 202-655-8824. (If possible, please allow 24 hours to schedule an interpreter). The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

Survivors may follow these links to access informational videos in American Sign Language:

·        DRCs

·        FEMA assistance does not impact government benefits (ASL)


Do not wait to begin cleanup and repairs. Take photos of damage. Save all receipts. And get the cleanup and repair process started as soon as you can. 

North Carolina homeowners, renters and business owners in Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson counties may apply for disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Florence. 

The NC 211 statewide information line can provide callers with nearby shelter, housing and other storm-related details. Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162(TTY), or text Florence to 898211. The information line is staffed around the clock to connect North Carolinians to storm resources.

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