There is only a couple of days left to visit the Disaster Recovery Center in Richlands, state and federal recovery officials said today.
"We want to remind all affected by the tornadoes, floods and severe storms from May 24 to June 26, 2004, that the center will close permanently at 1 p.m., this Saturday, July 10,"said Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Davies of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The center, located at the Richlands Police Department building (the old armory), 1851 Cranwell Drive, opened June 21 and has received 263 visits to date.
Once the center closes, help will only be a phone call away. The FEMA Helpline -- 1-800-621-3362 -- is available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, to answer questions and provide 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 mitigation activities, trains first responders and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.