COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) are working together to open a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Greenville County at the Greer Fire Department. DRCs are set up to support the October 7 Presidential disaster declaration authorizing financial aid to residents who suffered damage from the multiple storms that began with Hurricane Frances on September 6 and continued through October 11. Disaster recovery specialists from various local, state and federal agencies will be at the center to assist individuals and answer questions regarding receiving disaster assistance.
The DRC will be open for three days:
Thursday, October 28 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Friday, October 29 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 30 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Address information for the Greenville County DRC:
Greer Fire Department
Greer, SC 29650
Individuals should begin the disaster application process by calling the toll-free registration numbers: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week until further notice. Individuals with Internet access now have the option to register on the agency’s website at , where other valuable recovery information is also available.
"As people are putting their lives back together, the most important step is to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)," said Michael Bolch, federal coordinating officer for FEMA’s disaster recovery efforts. "If you are calling and get a busy signal, try your call again later. Don’t get discouraged; continue to call until you get through. Non-peak calling times are evenings after 6 p.m. and on weekends."
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.