The Rural Center | Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief

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[Information originally published in The Rural Center newsletter on Oct. 14, 2016.]

The Rural Center is keeping our friends, neighbors and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers as Hurricane Matthew continues to impact communities across central and eastern North Carolina. We’ve compiled a few of the many resources available to assist communities, small businesses and farmers. If you would like to help, please consider marking a contribution to the North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund:

Important Resources:

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety is posting storm-related information online at Visit this site for information about road conditions, shelters, food assistance and other storm recovery help.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) North Carolina Farm Service Agency (FSA) has a host of programs for to help farmers and livestock producers recover from heavy rains, flooding and other qualifying events related to Hurricane Matthew. For more information, visit or contact your local FSA Office by visiting

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced a disaster declaration for North Carolina counties affected by Hurricane Matthew. The SBA offers disaster loans for small businesses, agricultural cooperatives, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters. For more information, visit:

Seventeen federal agencies have partnered to form an online portal to help users access and apply for disaster assisted jointly through federal, tribal, state, local, and private sector partners. For more information, visit: