Cridersville, OH -- A Disaster Recovery Center will open in Portage County on Thursday, August 14, 2003 to assist residents affected by the July 21 flooding with their applications for federal and state disaster assistance. The center will remain open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, until further notice.
The center in Streetsboro will be operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.
At the center, applicants can talk one-on-one with specialists in housing assistance programs, get help in applying for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses, obtain information about insurance and receive advice from mitigation experts on steps to take to protect their property from future disasters.
The center will open at the following location on Thursday, August 14:
Streetsboro City Hall
9184 State Rt. 43
Streetsboro, OH 44241
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Disaster-affected residents of Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Summit, Stark and Trumbull counties should register first by calling the toll-free number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY: 1-800-462-7585 for people who are speech- or hearing-impaired. The line is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.
"We urge anyone who suffered damages or losses in the flooding to register with FEMA as soon as possible," said Federal Coordinating Officer Ron Sherman.
"Federal aid cannot compensate people for all their disaster losses," Sherman added. "But the combination of grants and loans is intended to get them started on the path to recovery."
Applicants should have the following information available if possible when they call:
- Social Security number
- Damage and losses they have suffered
- The name of their insurance company and their policy number
- Bank account coding if they wish to speed up assistance through direct deposit.
Applicants who need further information or assistance with completing their SBA applications are encouraged to visit the most convenient disaster recovery center. Centers are also located in Hanoverton, Canton, Akron, Warren, Valley View and Youngstown, Ohio.
Housing assistance is available for eligible residents whose permanent homes were damaged or destroyed by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began July 21, 2003. Grants are available for temporary rental housing, for essential repairs to make a residence livable, and for serious disaster-related needs and expenses not covered by insurance or other programs.
SBA low-interest disaster loans may be available to homeowners, renters and businesses to restore or replace underinsured or uninsured disaster-damaged real and personal property in declared counties. Loans may also be offered to small businesses only in declared and contiguous counties for working capital to assist them during the disaster recovery period.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available for those who are out of work as a result of the disaster including self-employed persons, farm owners and others not covered by regular unemployment benefits.
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