Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery

Help With Managing Stress Following The Recent Hurricanes
Having trouble sleeping, sharing your thoughts or concentrating on the task at hand? Are you feeling angry, sad or terribly frustrated or hopeless? These are just some of the signs of emotional stress that appear following life-altering disasters. For many survivors, the emotional pain that recent hurricanes have caused can equal the financial devastation those three storms brought. Everyone who sees or experiences a disaster is affected by it in some way, and their reactions are normal responses to an abnormal event.

The Disaster Distress Helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-985-5990 or online at  It offers immediate and confidential crisis counseling. Other sources of help can be found on the state government site; click on “Behavioral Health” under the heading Hurricane Florence.

General Assembly Approves Moratorium On Permit Fees For Hurricane Florence Related Damage Construction/Refunds Available
In addition to appropriating disaster relief funds, Section 5.16 of the 2018 Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Act (Senate Bill 3) adopted by the General Assembly on October 15th imposes a moratorium on fees associated with permits, inspections, or certificates of occupancy for any commercial or residential projects involving construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, movement to another site, removal, or demolition of manufactured homes, buildings, dwellings or other structures damaged as a direct result of Hurricane Florence.  The moratorium applies to fees charged by the NC Department of Insurance as well as cities and counties designated under a Hurricane Florence major Presidential disaster declaration.  [Even in declared jurisdictions, the moratorium does not apply to projects not directly related to damage resulting from Hurricane Florence.] SB3 imposed the building and inspection fee moratorium retroactive to September 13, 2018, and extends the moratorium until December 31, 2018.  Individuals already charged a fee for building permits, inspections, or certificates of occupancy on or after September 13th for repair or demolition work described above directly related to Hurricane Florence in declared jurisdictions are entitled to a refund of that fee. Requests for refunds of fees as outlined above may be completed at the Sampson County Inspections and Planning Office, 405 County Complex Road, Bldg B, Monday – Thursday, 7 am – 5:30 pm. Requestors must certify that the fees paid were for projects directly related to damages sustained as a direct result of Hurricane Florence. For more information, contact Sampson County Inspections and Planning Office at (910) 592-0146.

FEMA Sheltering and Housing Solutions for NC Survivors of Hurricane Florence

North Carolina Hurricane Florence survivors who sustained damage to their primary residences may be eligible for one or more of the following FEMA sheltering and temporary housing solutions:

  • Rental Assistance: Offers temporary financial help so disaster survivors have somewhere to live while they make plans for permanent housing.
  • Transitional Sheltering Assistance: Pays room and tax costs at participating hotels for disaster survivors.
  • Home Repairs: Helps disaster survivors make basic repairs so that their homes are safe, sanitary, and functional.
  • Direct Temporary Housing: Provides temporary travel trailers or manufactured housing units to eligible survivors in 10 counties: Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, and Robeson.

See graphic for more details or contact a representative at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

Disaster Recovery Center Established In Sampson County
The State of North Carolina and FEMA have established a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Sampson County.The Sampson County DRC is located at: 
Sampson County Complex
406 County Complex Road, Building C, Clinton, N.C. 28328. The Center is open from 9am-7pm on the following dates:

  • October 18 - 20, 2018
  • October 25 - 27, 2018

The center provides residents a place to get answers to questions about disaster assistance.

FEMA Individual Assistance Is Not A Substitute For Insurance
Press Release (pdf)
FEMA has shared a press release informing the public that FEMA assistance alone should not be expected to cover what could be high repair costs following an emergency. FEMA programs are designed to help with moving forward in recovery by providing financial assistance for temporary housing, home repairs and repair projects not covered by insurance policies, cleanup, etc. To learn more about FEMA Individual Assistance programs, click here:

Red Cross Hurricane Florence Emergency Financial Assistance
Now, the Red Cross is starting a multi-phased approach to get emergency financial assistance into the hands of people across the Carolinas whose homes were most affected. This financial assistance will allow people to make their own decisions and prioritize what their family needs most to start recovering. Funds can help families replace clothes or food, offset transportation costs, or support any other immediate need. Spending these funds locally will also support Carolinian communities as they begin recovering from the enormous economic losses inflicted by Florence. 
See more here:

Renters Facing Eviction in North Carolina May Be Eligible for Federal Help
North Carolina renters who face eviction or have been evicted from their storm-damaged apartment complex—whether their unit had damage or not—may be eligible for disaster assistance from FEMA.

  • There are several ways to apply for disaster assistance:
  • Go online to
  • Use the FEMA mobile app.
  • Call FEMA at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) anytime from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
  • Visit a Disaster Recovery Center. The centers serve as one-stop shops for survivors who need one-on-one help. Survivors can visit any center for assistance. To find a center, go to
See entire press release here:

Legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Roy Cooper this week extends the regular voter registration deadline to 5 p.m. Monday, October 15, in Sampson County, and 27 other counties most affected by Hurricane Florence.

See the press release here:

Find more information on the voter registration process please contact the Board of Elections Office at (910) 592-5796.

(Note: this info has been updated. To view updates and original posting, click here: 

Press Release (PDF)

Sampson County staff anticipate beginning their ground spraying for mosquitoes as early as Monday, October 8, 2018. Crews will spray, using a truck-mounted spray device, from 7 pm – 7 am each night (when mosquitos are the most active) along all state-maintained roads the unincorporated areas of the County and on as many subdivision roads as funding will allow.

NCDOT’s contractors will begin picking up hurricane-related debris from state roads on Thursday, October 4th. The Governor’s Executive Order No. 62 authorizes NCDOT to pick up vegetative debris (logs, plants, leaves, branches, etc.), C&D debris (building materials, carpet, drywall, furniture, mattresses, etc.) and white goods (appliances). There is no guarantee that NCDOT will make more than one pass on each state road, so citizens are encouraged to place their hurricane-related debris along their public road (but not in the road) as soon as possible.


Household residential solid waste (NOT C&D) can be disposed of at one of the County’s convenience sites. For a list of sites, operating hours and what is allowed at convenience sites, see this page:

The landfill is owned and operated by Sampson County Disposal, Inc., a subsidiary of Waste Industries, Inc. The landfill is located at 7434 Roseboro Highway, approximately 8 miles west of Clinton and 4 miles east of Roseboro on Highway 24. The landfill will accept construction debris, demolition debris, commercial yard waste, business and residential waste between the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sampson County residents may dispose of household waste free of charge. There is a fee for all agricultural and commercial waste. For information regarding commercial rates, contact the landfill office at (910) 525-4132.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Program provides supplemental assistance to states, tribes, and local governmental entities, as well as certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations. These PNP organizations and public entities, also known as applicants, may receive reimbursement funds to supplement the damages they incurred as a direct result of Florence. 

A House of Worship that meets the aforementioned requirements may be eligible for reimbursement of their costs under the FEMA Public Assistance program. Find more details, including requirements, here

Sampson County is a community of generous citizens and organizations, and many have asked how they can help those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

The County has opened a donation center to make the donation and distribution process more effective and efficient. The donation center is located at 200 Westover Road in Clinton. The center will be established as a receiving site for donated materials. Donations will be received weekdays from Noon – 6pm, from Sept 26 – Oct 12, and from Noon – 6 pm on Sat, Oct 6.  You may want to call first at (910) 490-1046. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our volunteer coordinator at (910) 214-7253. 

To assist our potential donors and volunteers we have provided a list of ways to donate and volunteer during this time of need. See more here:

If your job has been affected by Hurricane Florence, you can file for unemployment insurance benefits. Find out more here: 

Attention Ivanhoe, Harells, Garland and Ingold: FEMA is on the ground in your communities. Look for representatives in the field meeting with your citizens who may need individual assistance for Hurricane Florence damages. They will have identification badges.
USDA has approved Disaster Food and Nutrition Services for Sampson County. Individuals and families may be eligible if they were impacted by Hurricane Florence and meet (federal/state) eligibility criteria. Income willl be verified, per that criteria.

Applications willl be accepted Friday, September 28th - Saturday, October 6th, 8 am - 6 pm, daily (except for Sunday, September 30th) at the Sampson County Department of Social Services (360 County Complex Rd., Building E, Clinton, NC 28328). The DSS Building is the two-story building nearest the rear of the complex. Applicants are advised to follow the signs and traffic barriers to enter through the north entrance of the building. 
DSNAP Poster (here)
See more D-SNAP information including the official USDA press release (here).