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 Cumberland County as well as a fixed site. 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 location operating until further notice is:
Portland Arts and Technology High School
196 Allen Ave.
Opening May 15
Dates and times for the mobile sites are as follows:
Freeport Public Safety Parking Lot
30 Main St.
- New Gloucester
32 Farm View Dr.
1 Chase Common
Standish Town Hall
175 Northeast Rd
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.