Hurricane Matthew Help

 An announcement related to Hurricane Matthew. If you know of anyone who can use this or needs to know about it please pass it along.


Greetings from DSDHH – Wilmington Regional Center,


We want to share some important information with you. Because of all the recent flooding and other effects of Hurricane Matthew, you might be able to apply for individual assistance from the federal government through FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). Please see information below and attachment.


Right now people that in one of the 17 counties are able to apply. FEMA expects that more counties will be added but as of today, if you live in one of these counties you can apply if you need financial assistance:


Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, RobesonSampson, Wayne and Wilson counties.


As counties are added to this list we will send updates.


You might be able to get financial assistance for home repairs, replacement of destroyed assistive technology, and/or durable medical equipment. These are just some examples. You also might be able to get a low interest loan.


The official News Release is copy and pasted at the bottom of this email AND attached as a word document for you to find contact information, etc.


Here is a video from FEMA in ASL explaining the process to apply:


Right now FEMA is getting ready to set up Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) throughout the state. You will be able to go and talk with them directly, if you need to. They have informed us that each DRC will have a communication kit that will include access to Video Remote Interpreting, Assistive Listening Devices, neck loops, amplified phones, and caption phones. We will update you when we know the locations of the DRCs.


The Red Cross has asked us to share their Helpline phone number: 1-800-733-2767.


Please contact us in the Wilmington Regional Center if you have any questions or concerns.


If you have family or friends that live in other parts of the state and want to find out which Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Regional Center can offer their support and find the contact information, please click on this link:


We want to know what your experiences have been during this emergency situation and hope you have all been able to stay safe! If you have not been getting appropriate communication access at a shelter or in other situations, please contact us so we can be of assistance!


Thank you,


Christina Bauman

Community Accessibility Consultant

Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, Wilmington Regional Center

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services


910 251 5702    office

800 205 9916    TTY

910 251 2677    fax