ESSINGTON, Pa. -- State and Federal disaster recovery officials announced today that the Disaster Recovery Center at 6904 Market St. in Upper Darby will close on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 3 p.m. The Disaster Recovery Center was coordinated by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Visiting the Disaster Recovery Center is not required, however, given the wide range of state and federal disaster assistance programs, many people find it helpful to utilize this resource. The hours of operation are: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Recovery officials encourage citizens to first apply for disaster assistance by calling the toll-free application number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Persons who are hearing or speech-impaired can apply by calling a special TTY number: 1-800-462-7585. Multilingual operators also are available when needed. Individuals who still need assistance after the Disaster Recovery Center closes can call those numbers and select the HELPLINE option.
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.