CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (Texas DEM) will open a Disaster Recovery Center in Donna, and close the center in McAllen.
The Donna center will be located at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Parish Hall, 306 S. Daniel Salinas Blvd. Starting Monday, September 13, the center will remain open until further notice. Hours are 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The McAllen center will close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 12.
Centers remain open in Laredo, Falfurrias, Kingsville, Rockport and Sinton.
Anyone who suffered damages or losses as the result of Hurricane Bret are encouraged to register for assistance prior to visiting a center by calling the toll-free teleregistration number, 1-800-462-9029. Those with hearing or speech impairments may call TTY 1-800-462-7585 to apply.
Those needing further disaster recovery information may visit any of the Disaster Recovery Centers. Representatives of federal, state and voluntary agencies will be on hand to provide information about the following types of assistance:
- Disaster Housing Assistance, funded and administered by FEMA, for individuals and families whose homes were destroyed or made unlivable as a result of the hurricane. The program provides funding for temporary accommodations or repairs needed to make a home safe, secure and habitable.
- Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners, renters or business owners for the repair, replacement or rebuilding of disaster-damaged property.
- Grants, administered by Texas Department of Human Services through the Individual and Family Grant program for people who have serious needs resulting from the disaster that cannot be met by other sources. This program is funded 25 percent by Texas and 75 percent by FEMA.
- The State Crisis Counseling Program is to assist anyone affected by a serious natural disaster such as Hurricane Bret, to cope. It is to help the community understand that difficulty sleeping, feeling anxious or frustrated, having a hard time concentrating, changes in the behavior of children or older adults, is normal and part of the recovery process. The Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation will have staff available to offer crisis information and assistance at each center.