Akron, OH -- In recognition of the Labor Day weekend, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toll-free line to register for federal disaster assistance will be closed on Sunday and Monday, August 31 and September 1.
The line will reopen on Tuesday, September 2 and will take calls from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The toll-free line-1-800-621-FEMA (3362)-is available to people who suffered damages from the summer flooding and want to register for assistance. Speech- or hearing-impaired individuals may call 1-800-462-7585. The registration line currently operates from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The jointly-operated Disaster Recovery Centers located in Youngstown and Warren will be closed for three days starting Saturday, August 30. They will reopen on Tuesday, September 2, 2003 as U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) workshops. People who have registered and have questions about their SBA low-interest disaster loan applications can visit the centers and meet with SBA staff. FEMA staff also is available to answer general questions about federal disaster assistance programs at the centers.
People who have registered for assistance can call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to check the status of their applications or ask questions.
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.