El PASO, Texas -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) today announced a new schedule for the two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) serving El Paso County residents affected by the recent severe storms and flooding from July 31 to August 25,2006.
Vinton Fire Station
510 East Vinton Road
The Mobile DRC will be open from 9am to 6pm through Saturday,
September 9, 2006, when it closes permanently.
7500 Viscount Ave
El Paso, TX
The DRC in El Paso will be open 9am to 6pm through Saturday,
September 9, 2006 and will be closed on Sunday, September 10, 2006.
The DRC will re-open Monday, September 11, 2006
through Saturday, September 16, 2006. The hours will be 9am until 6pm.
On Saturday, September 16, 2006 the Viscount DRC will close permanently.
After both DRCs close, the FEMA Helpline will still be available at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
Visitors can talk face-to-face about recovery options with representatives from local, state and federal agencies, and voluntary organizations at the Disaster Recovery Centers.
Specifically, Disaster Recovery Centers are available for visitors to:
- Ask about the status of their application.
- Receive referrals to crisis counseling, legal aid or Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
- Get help completing U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loan applications for homeowners, renters or business owners.
- Receive information about different types of state and federal disaster assistance.
- Receive referrals to American Red Cross and other voluntary organizations to help with immediate unmet needs.
- Learn cost-effective measures to reduce the impact of future flooding or disaster losses.
Disaster Assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, minor home repair and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources. Low-interest disaster loans from the SBA also are available for residential and business losses not covered by insurance.
There are two ways to begin the application process. People may call FEMA’s toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those with speech or hearing impairment. Both numbers are available 6am to 6pm Mountain Time, seven days a week until further notice, or apply online at www.fema.gov. The registration deadline is October 16, 2006 but people are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.