Insurance commissioner sets up Victim Assistance Centers with FEMA, National Flood Insurance Program

RALEIGH — State Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey on Tuesday concluded a briefing with FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program to begin organizing Victim Assistance Centers across the state. Together, VACs will be set up as early as this week to help storm victims with their insurance questions, needs and concerns.

“Slowly, across the state, areas are opening where we can go in to assist people whose homes and lives have been devastated by Hurricane Florence,” said Commissioner Causey. “Jointly, we will set up assistance centers to help with any insurance questions storm victims may have to help get them back on their feet.”

On Tuesday, Commissioner Causey and FEMA plan to announce details of how it will implement its disaster management plan to respond to storm victims. Residents can also get answers to those and other insurance questions from FEMA, NFIP and NCDOI representatives at the VAC centers set up across the state.

The first VAC centers will be held Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the following locations:

— Smithfield, Johnson County Industries, 912 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield, N.C. 27577

— Goldsboro, W.A. Foster Recreation Center, 1012 S. John St., Goldsboro, N.C. 27530

More locations will be announced as soon as the storm water recedes and it is safe to do so. These locations can be found on the NCDOI website at www.ncdoi.com.