Two Additional Disaster Recovery Centers Open Monday In Memphis

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August 22, 2003
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Nashville, TN - State and federal disaster management officials will open two additional Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Memphis on Monday, August 25th, to assist residents of Shelby and Fayette counties who suffered losses during the July 21st - 22nd severe storms, high winds and heavy rain. The new DRCs will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, August 25th through 30th.

Application for disaster aid should be made first by calling FEMA's toll-free application line, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing or speech impaired.

The new DRC locations are:

Orange Mound Community Center
2572 Park Avenue
Dave Wells Community Center
915 Chelsea Avenue

In addition to the above locations, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), and the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continue to assist storm victims at the following locations:

The Fairgrounds
315 S. Hollywood St.
Monday through Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Whitehaven Community Center
4318 Graceland Dr.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Gaisman Community Center
4221 Macon Rd.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Federal and state officials will be on hand to answer questions and provide guidance to applicants seeking various forms of disaster aid. Representatives of the SBA will be available to assist with disaster loan applications. The SBA disaster loan program provides low interest loans to homeowners and renters, as well as businesses.

The centers are open to help applicants who have questions about what types of assistance are available, or have questions about the status of their applications. This will provide an opportunity to meet face-to-face with disaster officials and receive first-hand, current and accurate information on the spot.

Anyone throughout the declared disaster area who suffered damage during the late July severe weather can visit any of the DRCs to obtain assistance.

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.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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