Nashville, TN -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located at the Pyramid Building, #1 Auction Avenue, in Memphis, is scheduled to close Saturday, August 16, at 7:00 p.m. While operational, since August 4th, the DRC served 145 residents.
Another fixed-site DRC, located at the Fairgrounds, 315 S. Hollywood Street, in Memphis, will continue to operate Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., until further notice. More than 375 residents have been served at that location thus far.
FEMA's mobile DRC bus also will continue to operate, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., stopping at the following locations:
|Thursday, Friday and Saturday
August 14, 15 and 16, 2003
Douglass Community Center
1616 Ash Street
|Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
August 18, 19 and 20, 2003
14075 Highway 57
The DRCs are open to offer help to Tennessee homeowners, renters and business owners who may be eligible for state and federal disaster assistance under President Bush's disaster declaration of July 29, 2003. Fayette and Shelby counties were declared disaster areas as a result of the July 21st - 22nd severe storms, high winds and heavy rain.
"The DRCs provide residents who have registered for assistance an opportunity to learn more about federal and state assistance programs and to check on the status of their application," said Charles M. Butler, FEMA's federal coordinating officer. "Those who have not yet applied for disaster assistance should do so as soon as possible. One phone call is all that's necessary. To apply, simply call the toll-free application number, 1-800-621-3362, or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing or speech impaired."
Disaster assistance programs include temporary housing assistance, grants for serious other needs and necessary expenses not covered by insurance or other programs, and low-interest loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for disaster-damaged residential and business property. Disaster unemployment assistance, tax assistance and other special services are also available to eligible persons affected by the severe weather.
"To date, more than 620 people have visited the DRCs since they opened earlier this month. Representatives from TEMA, FEMA and SBA are available at the DRCs to answer any questions applicants may have," added James H. Bassham, Tennessee's official in charge of recovery.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages Citizen Corps, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.