Disasters don’t take holidays, and neither do disaster recovery workers, Commonwealth and federal recovery officials said today.
“While July 5 will be observed as a day-off by many, we will be open for business that day,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Davies of the Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“Monday may be a good day to make a visit to our Disaster Recovery Center in Richlands,” Davies said, “because so many others may be otherwise occupied.”
The center is located at the Richlands Police Department Building (Old Armory), 1851 Cranwell Drive, Richlands. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed Sundays. To date, more than 210 have visited the center.
The center offers the following: check the status of your application, meet with a FEMA applicant representative, meet with a Small Business Administration representative about low interest disaster loans, talk with state agency representatives, talk with local Disaster Recovery Task Force member and obtain information of how to reduce future damages.
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.