CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open on Monday, December 15 in Harrison County and on Tuesday, December 16 in Gilmer County. Both DRCs will remain open until close of business, December 19 as part of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the West Virginia Office of Emergency Services' (WVOES') outreach in communities where residents may have losses caused by the November storms. A temporary DRC is also in Boone County.
The Gilmer and Harrison County DRC locations, dates and hours of operation follow:
|Location||Opening Date||Hours of Operation||Closing Date|
420 Buckhannan Pike
Nutter Fort, WV 26301
|Monday, Dec. 15||10 a.m to 7 p.m.||
Close of Business
Sycamore Run Road
|Tuesday, Dec. 16||10 a.m. to 7 p.m||
Friday, Dec. 19
Close of Business
Residents are encouraged to complete an application by first calling FEMA's toll-free teleregistration number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Applicants with hearing or speech impairments may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Phones lines operate daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The DRC is staffed by FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster recovery specialists who provide information on disaster programs including grants to pay for temporary housing needs, minimal home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses. Residents and business owners may also be eligible for low-interest loans from SBA to help cover residential and business losses not fully compensated by insurance.
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.