LEBANON, Va. -- The Richlands Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will change its hours of operation effective Monday, June 29.
The DRC, located in the Richlands Police Department building (the old Richlands Armory), 1851 Cranwell Drive, will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Friday, Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed on Sundays. The center will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the July 5 holiday.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Commonwealth of Virginia and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will continue to provide information on disaster recovery programs. Additionally, the SBA is still available to help those affected fill out applications for low-interest loans for homeowners, renters and businesses.
Those affected by the disaster who still need to register for assistance can call the toll-free application line at 1-800-621-FEMA ( TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing impaired) from 8.a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. August 16 is the deadline to apply for disaster 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 Citizen Corps, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.