Disaster Recovery Center To Close Saturday; Helpline Will Still Be Available

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May 5, 2004
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BEVERLY, Mass. -- The Disaster Recovery Center in Peabody will cease operations at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2004, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.

Located at the Peter A. Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St., the center will be open Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (COB).

At the center, disaster recovery specialists from FEMA, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) explain assistance programs and answer questions from area residents who suffered losses in April’s flooding.

“We urge any registered applicants seeking one-on-one help to visit the center before it closes,” said James N. Russo, federal coordinating officer for the disaster.

Russo said that residents with disaster-related questions will continue to be able to get answers and information about their applications by selecting the FEMA Helpline option at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). For people with hearing or speech impairment, the Helpline number is 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

State Coordinating Officer Cristine McCombs said visiting the center can be very helpful for people who want to learn more about risk reduction methods to lessen future losses. “It’s the last chance to talk face-to-face with mitigation specialists about your particular situation,” McCombs said.

Massachusetts residents with uninsured disaster-related losses will still be able to register for assistance at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY) 1-800-462-7585, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, until further notice.

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