LEBANON, Va. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Richlands, located in the Old Richlands Armory at 1851 Cranwell Drive, will close at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 10, announced Commonwealth and federal disaster recovery officials.
To date, the DRC has served more than 240 residents by providing information about disaster assistance programs, help in contacting other agencies and volunteer organizations; and contact with representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). "The DRC presence in the community was of enormous help to those who suffered loss or damage because of the storms," said State Coordinating Officer Michael Cline.
FEMA and VDEM opened the Disaster Recovery Center to provide an opportunity for people who sustained losses and damage as a result of the storms to meet one-on-one with disaster specialists to check the status of their application; learn about a variety of federal, state and local disaster programs; and get information on how to prevent future damages from severe storms.
State and federal officials want residents to know that help is still just a phone call away. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free Helpline number is available for those who have questions, or want to check on the status of their applications. The number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. The Helpline is open daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The application deadline for those who suffered damage or loss from the severe storms that began May 24 thru June 26 is Saturday August 14.
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.