ESSINGTON, Pa. -- Internal Revenue Service (IRS) representatives have joined other government agencies at the federal/commonwealth Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Upper Darby. All individuals and business owners living or working in disaster-declared counties who were affected by recent severe storms and flooding should stop by the center if they have disaster-related questions.
"The IRS is at the center to answer tax-related questions and to help people document their losses," State Coordinating Officer David Sanko said. "We're very pleased they could join the other specialists at the DRC to make this a one-stop shopping center for disaster-related questions."
Anyone living or working in Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia counties who suffered losses from the storms beginning Aug. 1 may visit the center in Delaware County but should call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to apply for disaster assistance before stopping by the DRC. The center at 6904 Market Street in Upper Darby, is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is closed on Sundays. The center will remain open until further notice.
Available to answer questions are experts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individuals and Households Program, mitigation specialists to help with safe rebuilding techniques, representatives from the Small Business Administration and officials from the IRS. A childcare service is also available at the DRC to help residents with children while they speak to representatives and fill out paperwork.
"Offering face-to-face help after a disaster is a very important element in the recovery process," Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Davies said. "Once people have called FEMA to register for assistance, they may still have questions. That's why we're here - to give them answers."
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.