SALEM, Ore. -- A state-federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Wednesday, December 19, at 9 a.m. at the Community Corrections Office at the Columbia County Justice Facility, 901 Port Ave., St. Helens.
?Opening the DRC in St. Helens and Columbia County will make it easier for area residents who were impacted by effects of the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides from December 1-17 to apply for the assistance they need, ? said Glen R. Sachtleben, federal coordinating officer.
?Any resident who has been impacted by the storms may seek assistance at this new DRC,? said Abby Kershaw, state coordinating officer, ?registration with FEMA is crucial to beginning the recovery process.?
The St. Helens DRC will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday Homeowners and renters in any of the five Oregon counties designated for Individual Assistance may be eligible for federal and state disaster aid to help them recover. Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Yamhill and Polk counties have been designated for individual assistance.
DRCs are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday at the following locations:
Vernonia City Hall
1001 Bridge Street
Vernonia, OR 97064
Community Corrections Office
Columbia County Justice Facility
901 Port Ave.
St. Helens, OR 97051
Seaside Civic and Convention Center
415 1st Avenue
Seaside, OR 97138
Tillamook County Sheriff's Office
5995 Long Prairie Road
Tillamook, OR 97141
Residents in need of assistance are urged to register before going to a DRC by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA). The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585 for applicants with special speech or hearing needs. Registration is also available on the Internet at www.fema.gov.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Small Business Administration and state agencies will be in the Disaster Recovery Centers to answer questions about registering for disaster assistance and hazard mitigation measures.
SBA representatives at Disaster Recovery Centers meet individually with each resident or business owner to answer any questions about SBA's disaster loan program, help them complete a disaster loan application and accept completed applications. Anyone not able to visit a Disaster Recovery Center should call 1-800-659-2955 or visit the SBA web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
FEMA coordinates the federal governments? 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.