FINDLAY, Ohio -- The Bucyrus Disaster Recovery Center will shift its main focus at close of business this Friday, Sept. 28, and become a Disaster Loan Outreach Center.
That means representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are finishing up their work, while customer service representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will remain available to answer questions and provide help with applications for long-term, low-interest loans for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes.
The address remains the same - Court and Administrative Offices, 112 E. Mansfield, but the loan outreach center will move upstairs to the third floor, in Room 302. Operations will begin Monday, Oct. 1; hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
"We've reached nearly all the people in the Bucyrus area who need help with registration and answers to questions about disaster assistance," said Federal Coordinating Officer Jesse Munoz of FEMA. "We're now ready to shift our focus to long-term recovery."
If you've sustained damages or losses from the Aug. 20-28 severe storms and flooding, but have not yet registered with FEMA, it's still possible to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585, or online at www.fema.gov.
The deadline for filing for FEMA individual assistance is Oct. 26.
Nearly 800 people have visited the recovery center seeking answers to questions and help with registrations and loan applications since it opened Aug. 31. Altogether, more than 3,500 have visited the nine recovery centers serving the eight Ohio counties designated as disaster areas.
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.