CORDELE, Ga. -- Three of the five state/federal Disaster Recovery Centers established to aid those affected by the severe storms and tornadoes of March 1-2 will close this week and another is opening, officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) announced today.
- The McDuffie County DRC at 180 Sweetwater Park Drive , Thomson, will close at 6:30 p.m Thursday, March 15.
- The Mitchell County DRC at 4767 Highway 37 East, Camilla, will close at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15.
- The Taylor/Crawford County DRC at 1011 Highway 341 North, Roberta will close at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 15.
A new Taylor County DRC will open on Friday, March 16, at the Fire and EMS Building , 29 South Collins St. , Reynolds. The new DRC will operate for two days only - Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- The Sumter County DRC - 1607 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Americus .
- The Baker County DRC - 139 Roosevelt St , Newton .
The remaining two DRCs will be open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice.
There have been 1,695 visits to the five DRCs as of close of business March 12.
At the DRCs, representatives of the state and federal governments and voluntary agencies, as well as customer service representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration, are available to answer questions and provide recovery information. Written materials about various assistance programs also are available to individuals and business owners. No cash, checks, debit cards or vouchers are distributed by FEMA at the DRC. The center is for the dissemination of information to assist in victim recovery.
Applicants can check the status of their applications and obtain other disaster recovery information by calling FEMA's Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 for those with speech or hearing impairments. On line, go to www.fema.gov .
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, initiates mitigation activities and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA works closely with state and local emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.