INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- State and federal disaster recovery officials announced that a Disaster Recovery Center which was previously located in Crown Point would now open Tuesday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m., in Gary to better serve victims of the storms, tornadoes and flooding of May 25 through June 25, 2004. Regular hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice. The center location is:
Gary Sanitary District Payment Center
839 Broadway, First Floor
Gary, IN 46042
Personnel at the center can provide disaster housing information, technical assistance on how to reduce future disaster damages, and referrals to other federal assistance programs. U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) staff will also be available at the center to assist victims with low-interest loan applications.
People who have suffered damage to their home, apartment or business property are urged to call and register for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The number to call for those with hearing or speech impairment is TTY 1-800-462-7585.
After calling the toll-free application number, disaster victims may visit the center to meet face-to-face with recovery specialists. Representatives of local, state and federal agencies, as well as voluntary agencies, will be on hand to provide program and service information.
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.