Toledo, OH -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) will open a Disaster Recovery Center on Monday, August 28, disaster officials announced today.
The center will be located on the first floor of the Federal Building at 234 N. Summit St. in Toledo. The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday.
The center will be staffed by representatives of FEMA and Ohio EMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other federal, state and voluntary agencies. They will provide information and answer questions about the assistance available to residents of Lucas County who have already applied for disaster assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free teleregistration number, 800-462-9029. For the speech or hearing impaired, the number to call is TTY 800-462-7585.
"A variety of federal, state and voluntary agency programs are available for homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the storms and flooding that occurred between July 29 and August 2," said Deputy State Coordinating Officer Rick Roman. "We urge anyone who suffered storm-related damage or loss to apply for assistance as soon as possible by calling the toll-free number."
FEMA Coordinating Officer Lou Botta explained that those who have applied for assistance may visit the Disaster Recovery Center if they have questions regarding programs and services available to eligible applicants. Those programs include disaster housing grants, low-interest loans for repair, replacement or rebuilding of disaster-damaged property, grants for serious immediate needs resulting from the disaster that cannot be met by other sources and/or technical assistance on common-sense measures to reduce future disaster risks.
Federal and state officials reminded residents of the Lucas County to begin the assistance process immediately with a toll-free call to the FEMA application line, 800-462-9029 (TTY 800-462-7585), from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice. "The call is fast, efficient and confidential, and it's the only way to get the assistance process going," Botta added.