BISMARCK, N.D. -- The state/federal Disaster Recovery Center in Northwood that has been serving Grand Forks County residents impacted by the August 26-27 severe storms will be closing this Friday at 7 p.m., disaster recovery officials have announced.
The center, which opened Sept. 15 at the Northwood Community Center, has been operating as a central location for many state and federal disaster recovery resources, providing an opportunity for those impacted by the disaster to talk face-to-face with recovery specialists.
The center will continue to operate the rest of this week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. After the center closes, impacted persons still can get help with state and federal disaster assistance applications by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 (Option #2). For those who are hearing- or speech-impaired, the TTY Helpline number is 1-800-462-7585.
Beginning Saturday, October 6, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will open a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) at the Northwood Community Center to provide one-on-one assistance with completing SBA loan applications, answering questions about SBA's loan program, and explaining how an SBA disaster loan can help pay for their disaster losses.
The SBA DLOC will be closed Monday, October 8th for Columbus Day. Normal hours of operation will be Monday - Friday, 9am to 6pm and Saturdays, 9am to 1pm.
Recovery officials report more than 360 visits to the recovery center since it opened nearly three weeks ago. Specialists provided information on such topics as emergency needs, housing assistance, low-interest disaster loans, unemployment claims, insurance issues and consumer information on ways to repair or rebuild that can reduce or prevent future disaster damages.
Individuals can visit the center as often as needed but are encouraged to register with FEMA ahead of time either by calling toll-free at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585) or online at www.fema.gov. There is no charge to visit with recovery specialists or for any of the services provided.
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.