Lynchburg, VA -- Residents of Buchanan County can visit a Disaster Recovery Center close to home starting Tuesday for first-hand information on available assistance for the mid-February storms and floods.
State and federal disaster recovery officials today announced the new center will open in the Buchanan County Court House on Route 460. The center will be open daily, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. A similar Disaster Recovery Center opened Saturday in Salem.
"We set up the Disaster Recovery Centers to help individuals in the local community who are more comfortable speaking to someone face-to-face," said Justo Hernandez, who heads up the federal disaster-response effort for FEMA. "However, anyone who suffered damage during the storms and flooding should feel free to call the toll-free number or visit the center."
Applicants should first register by telephone toll-free at 1-800-621 FEMA (1-800-621-3362). If they have additional questions, wish to speak to someone in person or need help in making the registration call, the centers are ready to assist them.
"Each disaster center will stay open as long as needed," said State Coordinating Officer Michael Cline. "We are ready to open other centers if necessary to serve storm victims."
State and federal representatives will be available to discuss a variety of disaster-assistance programs. Disaster victims can learn about programs that help with temporary housing, home repairs and other major disaster-related expenses, as well as low-interest loans for individuals from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Contacts also will be on hand to discuss available local services.