State and Federal officials are encouraging Kansans recovering from the recent tornadoes and severe storms to visit a local Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) if they have any questions about the disaster assistance process.
The DRCs were established to assist those who suffered property or economic damages as a result of the tornadoes and severe storms beginning May 4 and continuing. Specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other state and federal agencies are on hand at the centers.
"Fortunately for most people, recovering from a disaster is an unfamiliar process," said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Hall. "The DRCs provide a one-stop shop for people with questions to get answers about a variety of disaster assistance programs."
The DRCs can provide applicants with an update of their disaster application status, assistance in filling out paperwork from the SBA, FEMA, or other agencies, and explain correspondence applicants have received. Applicants with questions about how insurance settlements affect disaster assistance are strongly encouraged to visit the DRC. Applicants can also drop off disaster-related paperwork and documents at the DRC.
"As people work with their insurance companies and receive information about state and federal programs, they will have questions," State Coordinating Officer Chuck Bredahl said. "A visit to the DRC will help Kansans make informed decisions about how best to meet their disaster-related needs."
DRCs are open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice. DRCs are located at:
|Eisenhower Recreation Center
2901 North 72nd Street
Kansas City, Kansas
|Arma Community Center
508 E. Washington St.
|Seward Co. Exhibition Hall
810 Stadium Road
(open June 3, 2003)