SCARBOROUGH, Maine - Officials from Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open Disaster Recovery Centers to assist individuals and business owners affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred April 15-23. There will be several mobile facilities that operate for a few days each at multiple locations throughout York and Cumberland counties as well as a fixed site in each county. Residents can visit any location that is convenient for them. Operating hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday for all locations.
The fixed site locations operating until further notice are:
Portland Arts and Technology High School
Opening May 15
York County Community College
112 College Dr.
Opening May 16
Dates and times for the mobile sites are as follows:
5 Swetts Bridge Rd.
Freeport Public Safety Parking Lot
30 Main St.
32 Farm View Dr.
75 Franklin St.
1 Chase Common
Sanford Fire Dept
972 Main St,
Standish Town Hall
175 Northeast Rd
Waterboro Fire Dept.
24 Townhouse Rd
- South Berwick
Community Govt. Offices
71 Norton St.
Anyone who has suffered losses or damages as a result of the storms may go to one of the Disaster Recovery Centers to follow up on their registration. Those affected by the disaster are urged to register for assistance first by calling toll-free 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. Registration can also be done online at www.fema.gov.
Those who have questions about disaster assistance may visit the centers to meet with recovery specialists in person. Representatives of state, federal and voluntary agencies, including customer service representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will be on hand to answer questions and provide recovery information. Written materials about various assistance programs and how to reduce damages from future disasters are also available.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.
The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has statutory responsibility for statewide coordination of emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. MEMA is a bureau of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management.