Pro bono attorneys offer help filing FEMA appeals and reconsideration

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —¬†Were you denied assistance from FEMA after Hurricane Florence? The North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center wants to help you get the money you deserve.

Volunteer attorneys from across North Carolina have been hosting FEMA appeal and reconsideration clinics at community colleges in impacted communities. Saturday, 20 attorneys met at Cape Fear Community College to assist local residents. Staff Attorney Katherine Asaro says the clinic is a calm space for attorneys to guide survivors through the difficult documentation.

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“A lot of the local attorneys were impacted by these storms too so, when they volunteer, they have this added dimension that they truly understand what’s happening and have been through a lot of these processes,” said Asaro. “…same with the paralegals so they are incredibly invaluable.”

Survivors whose appeal has already been denied can still ask FEMA to reconsider its decision if they can present compelling new evidence, like a late-arriving letter from their insurance company, to support their claim.

Survivors who want to file an appeal or reconsideration can attend these clinics to learn more about their rights and get free help from a North Carolina pro bono attorney.



Asaro says this is a pilot relief project with the North Carolina Resource Center. The next clinic will be held on Saturday, February 23 at Carteret Community College in Morehead City. The address is 3505 Arendell Street. There will be a morning session from 9:30 AM to 12 PM and an afternoon session from 12:30 PM to 4 PM.

The final session will be held on Wednesday, March 6 in Trenton, NC.

Survivors must register in advance to meet with a pro bono attorney at no cost. Survivors can register for free at ncprobono.org/assistance. No registration is required to attend the educational presentation. Visit their website for more details.