CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Fernley (Lyon County) will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) starting Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, announced SBA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Nevada Division of Emergency Management officials.
The DLOC will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.? SBA representatives at the DLOC will continue to issue loan applications, answer questions, explain the application process and help each individual complete their disaster loan application.
SBA encourages residents and business owners who have received an application to turn it in. The SBA application is a key information-gathering tool and must be completed and turned in to be considered for a low-interest loan to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation. Residents can get more information by calling SBA at 1-800-629-2955 or online at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
"We appreciate the response to the community that FEMA has provided,"said State Coordinating Officer Frank Siracusa. "The state's Homeowner Disaster Assistance Program representatives will continue to be at Fernley City Hall to provide assistance and answer questions about our program.?
FEMA's Community Relations teams have canvassed the community, providing information one-on-one to disaster victims, community organizations, churches and businesses. The Disaster Recovery Center opened in Fernley on Jan. 10 and had received 586 visitors as of Jan. 31.? The DRC will end operations at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5.?
"Disaster registrants still have access to the FEMA helpline and can check the status of their application online as well,"according to FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Karl.
To register for assistance, or check on the status of a FEMA disaster assistance application, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY 1-800-462-7585, or online at www.fema.gov. Operators are on hand from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.
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.