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Hurricane news and resources

The National Restaurant Association is proud to support restaurant and hospitality businesses affected by Hurricane Florence. Please see our response from CEO Dawn Sweeney and state restaurant association executives from North and South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia.

In Washington, the Association has taken a lead role in urging Congress, the White House, the Small Business Administration and other agencies to help restaurants reopen as soon as possible.

We support numerous efforts by the restaurant and hospitality industry throughout the country to raise money and work with local charities for relief efforts. We're especially heartened by support organizations that help restaurant employees affected by the storms.

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Employer/Employee Resources

Small Business Administration
SBA has several forms of financial assistance for small businesses. Those resources range from working capital loans to disaster assistance loans. Interest rates on the loans can be as low as 3.3 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations. The SBA sets the amounts and terms, which are based on applicants' financial condition. Businesses can borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery, equipment, inventory and other assets. For further assistance from the SBA, contact:

SBA Regional Administrator – Region III (Serving Virginia)
Michelle Christian
(610) 382-3090 – Office

SBA Regional Administrator - Region IV (Serving North Carolina, South Carolina)
Ashley Bell
Office of Field Operations
(404) 331-4999 - Office

Department of Labor
The Department of Labor provides income and job assistance after a disaster. For more information, call 866) 4-USA-DOL (487-2365).

Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMA is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security. It is closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Florence, and is offering tips and tools to help with preparedness. If you need further assistance, contact:

FEMA Director for the Office of External Affairs
Jessi Nalepa

Public-Private Partnership Council Lead, Office of External Affairs
Adoratia Purdy
(202) 455-9476

Director, External Affairs, FEMA Region III
Dan Stoneking,

Private Sector Liaison, FEMA Region III
Melissa Wiehenstroer
(202) 568-4391

Director, External Affairs, FEMA Region IV
Mary Hudak,

Private Sector Liaison, FEMA Region IV
Phil Strouse
(404) 909-2641

FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center

Other resources

Digital resources
Consult the following Social Media Channels:

FEMA's Facebook
FEMA Instagram

Consult the following websites:
National Hurricane Center’s Florence Page

Consult the following digital apps:
FEMA App for Apple and Android

Spanish Language Resources:
FEMA's Spanish Language Website

We anticipate that several organizations will be collecting donations for relief efforts following the storm. Please check back for a list and links to those organizations. 

Be mindful of charity scams 
Make sure your donations are going to the people that need help.  If you suspect you've encountered disaster fraud report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud at (866) 720-5721. The line is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, e-mails can be sent to disaster@leo.gov, and information can be faxed to (225) 334-4707.



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