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Which is scarier? This guy -- or SBA loan forms?
Which is scarier? This guy -- or SBA loan forms?

Ocracoke Curfew Lifted/Recovery Center Operations Extended

Hyde County Press Release (except for editorial comments.)

The Hyde County Board of Commissioners have lifted the Ocracoke curfew that has been in place due to Hurricane Dorian. Ocracoke re-entry restrictions are still in place and access to Ocracoke will remain limited to residents, property owners, and approved vendors and contractors.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has received approval to extend operations in the Ocracoke Joint Recovery Center until Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 4:00pm. We urge any-and-all business owners and residents that have had any impact, physical or economic, to visit the Joint Recovery Center and meet with a Customer Service Representative for one-on-one assistance.

The SBA loan application is the portal to all other Disaster Assistance programs. If you do not apply for SBA loan assistance, you will not be eligible for any other programs. (Editor's note: that last statement is wrong, per the information gathered at Wednesday night's civic affairs meeting. You may apply for help through the OIRRT (intake forms are at the Joint Recovery Center), through the Firehouse committee for the Outer Bank Community Foundation Fund, and for Adopt-a-Family at the Lifesaving Church -- all WITHOUT filling out the SBA loan application. However, the county and OIRRT recommend that you do go through the SBA to be eligible for the most help possible.) The purpose of the loan application is to determine if your existing resources qualify you for a loan, grant, housing assistance, volunteer services or other types of Disaster Assistance.

Please remember that there is no obligation to take a loan. If you are not comfortable or do not wish to proceed, you always have that option. However, it is important that you apply, as other assistance that might become available often requires that registration with the SBA has been previously completed. (Editor, again: But not the resources listed above.)

Disaster Assistance programs will continue to be available after the Joint Recovery Center leaves Ocracoke, but access will be through the SBA website and will be much more complicated than if you simply go into the Joint Recovery Center Office and work with the representatives there. The deadline for filing with the SBA for physical damage to your property is December 16, 2019.

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