RICHMOND, Va. -- The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Yorktown, Poquoson, Gloucester and Portsmouth will be open for business on Wednesday, November 26, and open all day on Friday, November 28, federal and state officials have announced. The centers will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
The four DRCs will maintain their regular hours of business-9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Sundays. The centers listed below will be open until further notice. Residents of localities that have been declared disaster areas can visit any DRC.
Gloucester DRC: Abingdon Fire and Rescue facility, 2676 Hayes Road
Poquoson DRC: Poquoson City Hall, 500 City Hall Avenue in the City of Poquoson
Yorktown DRC: located in the Caritas Building, 1000 Old York Hampton Highway
Portsmouth: Will close on Saturday, November 29 at 5 p.m.
The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) is urging Commonwealth residents who suffered damage or loss from Hurricane Isabel to register for assistance by calling the toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with hearing or speech impairments should call TTY 1-800-462-7585. December 8, 2003 is the last day individuals and businesses can register for 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 the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.