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Attorneys Help Hurricane Victims

Attorneys Help Hurricane Victims

The toll-free Disaster Legal Services hotline for victims of Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina has served its purpose admirably. Nearly 200 attorneys volunteered their time and expertise to assist some 300 victims in counties impacted by this historical storm.

Effective today, Feb. 28, 2017, the hotline has been closed. Hurricane Matthew disaster calls are now being handled through Legal Aid of North Carolina’s toll-free central intake number, (866) 219-5262.

The hotline was supported by the North Carolina Bar Association in partnership with Legal Aid of North Carolina, the American Bar Association and FEMA.

A total of 45 North Carolina counties were approved to receive federal assistance in the wake of Hurricane Matthew: Anson, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chatham, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Jones, Johnston, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Moore, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Wake, Washington, Wayne and Wilson.

The Disaster Legal Services Hotline received financial support from the NCBA Foundation Endowment.