State/Federal Disaster Recovery Centers Change Name; But Disaster Assistance Services Still Available

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October 23, 2002
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Indianapolis, IN -- The names will change but help is still available for disaster victims. Following similar transitions already completed in other locations set up for tornado victims, this Monday, Oct. 28, the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), is opening SBA Workshops at locations in Martinsville and Indianapolis. The new workshops replace the last two remaining state/federal Disaster Recovery Centers.

"The name changes reflect our shift of emphasis for assistance to low-interest loans to meet the long-term needs of tornado victims in Indiana," said Patrick R. Ralston, Indiana State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) State Coordinating Officer. "Although there is no requirement to do so, we encourage those needing assistance in applying for low-interest loans from the SBA to visit a center nearest them."

The newly named SBA Workshop locations and hours of operation are:

  • Perry Township Government Center, 4925 Shelby Street in Indianapolis;
    Monday through Friday, 9:30 to 6:00 p.m.
    (A FEMA representative will be available at this workshop.)

  • Morgan County Emergency Management Agency, 1789 E. Morgan Street in Martinsville;
    Monday through Friday, 9:30 to 6:00 p.m.
    (A FEMA representative will be available at this workshop.)

Other SBA Workshops continue to operate as usual:

  • Warren Township Government Center, 501 North Post Road in Indianapolis;
    Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    (A FEMA representative is available at this workshop.)

  • Wadesville Fire Department, (corner of Princeton and Main) in Poseyville;
    Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • City of Greenwood Administration Office, 2 North Madison Avenue in Greenwood;
    Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    (Please note the earlier opening and closing hours at this center.)

To date, nearly 1,500 visits by homeowners, renters, and business owners have been recorded at Disaster Recovery Centers. The temporary centers were established to provide detailed program information to those who have already applied for assistance. In addition to FEMA Human Services personnel and SBA loan officers, disaster recovery specialists staffed the centers to answer questions and provide information on recovery.

November 25 is the deadline to apply for assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free application number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). There is also a special toll-free number for the speech or hearing impaired, (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Both numbers are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EST) daily, until further notice.

These same numbers may also be used for applicants to check on the status of their application or to update claim information. SBA also has a toll-free number, 1-800-359-2227, applicants can call to check on their low-interest loan applications.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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