RICHMOND, Va. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Gloucester at the old Wal-Mart Store - 6513 Market Drive, will close at 5 p.m. Saturday, December 13. One other DRC will remain open until further notice in the following location:
- Yorktown DRC: located in the Caritas Building, 1000 Old York Hampton Highway
The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. closed on Sundays.
State and federal officials want residents to know that help is still just a phone call away. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) toll-free Helpline and registration number is available for those who have not yet applied for assistance, have questions, or want to check on the status of their applications. The number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Both the Helpline and registration numbers are open daily 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The deadline to apply for assistance is December 8, 2003.
Residents of localities that have been declared disaster areas can visit any DRC that remains open throughout disaster declared jurisdictions in Virginia. They can be located by visiting the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s (VDEM) website at: www.vaemergency.com.
FEMA and VDEM opened the center to provide an opportunity for people who sustained losses and damage as a result of Hurricane Isabel to meet one-on-one with disaster specialists to check the status of their application; learn about a variety of federal, state and local disaster programs; and get information on how to prevent future damages from severe storms.
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.