MOBILE, Ala. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) announced today that two more Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) opened, one in Monroe County at 1:00 p.m.and the other in Baldwin County at 10:00 a.m. This brings to eight the total number of DRCs open to serve victims of Hurricane Ivan as of Sunday, September 26.
Disaster victims are urged to register for assistance first by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585 for those who are speech- or hearing-impaired. The centers provide people with an opportunity to meet face-to-face with recovery specialists.
All DRCs are open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. until further notice.
The new DRC locations:
25 Legion Rd.
300 East 16th Street
Gulf Shores, Ala.
The DRC locations previously opened:
Representatives of state, federal, and voluntary agencies, as well as loan officers from the U.S. Small Business Administration, will be on hand to answer questions and provide recovery information. Written materials about various assistance programs are also available to individuals and business owners.
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.