Denver, CO -- Officials from the state of Colorado and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have established a Disaster Recovery Center to assist individuals affected by the wildfires. The center will open Friday, June 28, in Cañon City and will be located at:
Garden Park High School
(formerly Cañon Market)
210 6th St. at Macon
Cañon City, CO
Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The center will be open from June 28 to July 13 but will be closed July 4.
Recovery teams at the center will answer questions and provide recovery information and written materials about various assistance programs available to individuals and business owners. Disaster programs include temporary housing assistance, individual and family grants, low-interest disaster loans and disaster unemployment insurance. This is also an opportunity for homeowners to receive information about wildfire mitigation and safety tips.
Federal Coordinating Officer Steve Emory and State Coordinating Officer Tommy Grier urge anyone affected by the disaster to visit the center. "There are many programs available for homeowners, renters and businesses," explained Emory. "This is a great opportunity for individuals to sit down with different agencies and get all of their questions answered concerning the recovery process."
If homeowners affected by the fires are staying with friends or relatives in the Cañon City area, they are encouraged to visit the Disaster Recovery Center for information or assistance. "Anyone can visit any of the recovery centers, regardless of where they actually live," Grier said. A Disaster Recovery Center is also open at 1317 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs.
Individuals affected by the wildfires are urged to start the application process before visiting the center by calling FEMA's toll-free number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Hearing and speech-impaired individuals may call 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).