TEXARAKANA, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management will open a Disaster Recovery Center in DeKalb for victims of the recent severe storms and tornadoes.
The Center will open at the DeKalb Middle School, 845 S.W. Front Street on Thursday, May 13. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays until further notice.
The U.S. Small Business Administration and other state and federal agencies will be at the Center to answer questions regarding disaster recovery programs. Information will be available on protecting lives and property in future disasters, including ideas for building a safe room.
Before visiting the center, anyone who suffered damages or losses in the May 4 storms and tornadoes is encouraged to register for assistance by calling 1-800-462-9029. People who are hearing or speech-impaired may call TTY 1-800-462-7585. Both numbers are operational from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
"We encourage all of those who suffered losses or damage from the extreme weather to make application as soon as possible," said Ed Laundy, Texas State Coordinating Officer for the disaster. "The sooner someone applies for assistance, the sooner they get on the road to recovery."
"The disaster assistance programs may include temporary housing assistance, low interest loans to repair or replace uninsured or under-insured storm-damaged property or grants for serious needs and necessary expenses," explained Sharon Stoffel, FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer for the disaster.
Laundy and Stoffel will attend a town meeting in DeKalb on Friday evening at 7 p.m. to discuss the recovery effort. Local officials also will attend. The meeting will be held at the DeKalb High School Auditorium at the corner of Maple and North Front Street.