DES MOINES, Iowa -- Officials announced that the Disaster Recovery Centers in Waterloo, Mason City and Marshalltown will close next week. The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HLSEM) said the last days of operation have been scheduled as follows.
- Waterloo: 1925 Newell, Hazardous Materials Training Center; will close Tuesday, June 29, after being open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
- Mason City: 100 South Federal Avenue, South Bridge Mall, Younkers Court, Suite 404; will close Wednesday, June 30, after being open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday.
- Marshalltown: 2500 South Center Street, Marshalltown Center, Suite 233; will close Thursday, July 1, after being open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
All three centers will be open Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26. Hours in Mason City are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For the other two centers, hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Disaster Recovery Centers are generally closed when traffic is low, indicating that needs have been met. Iowans who still have concerns they would like to discuss concerning their applications for disaster assistance may call the same number as they did to register: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing-impaired.
The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division was known as the Iowa Emergency Management Division until July 2003. The current name reflects the dual nature of the Division to provide programs and resources for both homeland security and emergency management efforts.
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.