MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that a mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) serving various Lake County locations will make a stop in Hobart to assist residents who suffered damages from severe storms and flooding that occurred in the area Aug. 15-27.
The mobile DRC will be at the Community Center, 111 E. Old Ridge Rd., Hobart, from noon to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, before moving on to other county locations.
DRC staff can answer questions about registration for disaster assistance and hazard mitigation, help with disaster loan applications and provide information and contacts for other programs including low-interest SBA loans.
Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the severe storms and flooding are encouraged to register for assistance before visiting the DRC by calling the telephone registration line, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) which is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (local time) seven days a week. ?For speech- or hearing-impaired applicants, the TTY number is 1-800-462-7585. Applicants also may register on-line at www.fema.gov. Registering early will help applicants receive aid as quickly as possible.
Another DRC is located at 839 Broadway, Gary, IN.? Hours of operation for the Gary center are
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time), Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday until further notice. Additional DRC openings in Lake County are expected soon.?
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.