Hurricane Matthew: Operations update and resources for victims

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RALEIGH, Oct. 11, 2016 – ​All members of our staff are safe, and none of our field offices sustained serious storm damage, but our offices in Fayetteville, Greenville and Pembroke remain closed today due to the continuing fallout from Hurricane Matthew.​

Our Central Intake Unit, which screens all new client applications via our statewide Helpline and online intake application​, is operating from a remote location in Raleigh. The storm knocked out power to the unit’s main offices.

Based on our past experiences responding to the legal needs of victims of natural disasters, we know that people’s immediate concerns are practical — shelter, utilities, property damage, etc. — and that legal issues often do not become a priority until much later.

To help people with their immediate concerns, we have collected links to ​local, state and national recovery resources for victims.

When those affected by the storm do begin to confront legal issues relating to their property, insurance, public benefits and more, they should call our statewide toll-free Helpline at 1-866-219-LANC (5262) or apply online using our guided intake interview.​​