SANTA FE, N.M. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the New Mexico Office of Emergency Management, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that a Disaster Recovery Center will open in Alamogordo on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. at the following location:
Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, the Disaster Recovery Center will provide information to residents and business owners who suffered damages in Otero County on July 26th and continuing.
"At this time in the recovery process, people are beginning to think about putting their lives back together," said Federal Coordinating Officer Tony Russell. "The Disaster Recovery Center is a place where they can meet with representatives from state, federal, and voluntary agencies to receive answers to their questions."
"Governor Richardson fought hard for this and we're very pleased that the citizens of Otero County will be able to get additional assistance after suffering through these damaging storms," said state Homeland Security Director Tim Manning.
SBA Customer Service Representatives will be on hand to meet with each disaster victim face-to-face to provide help in completing their loan applications, answering their questions about SBA's loan program, and explaining how an SBA disaster loan can help them pay for their disaster losses.
Before visiting the DRC, individuals should register for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or 1-800-462-7585 for those who are hearing or speech-impaired. The FEMA application line is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time, seven days a week until further notice. You can also register online at www.fema.gov. Those who are unable to register before going to the Disaster Recovery Center may do so when they visit.
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.