LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announce the opening of a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Jefferson County for those affected by March and April severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. The center is at the following location:
Pine Bluff Convention Center
Number 1 Convention Center Plaza
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
Open June 2 through June 4, 2008
Hours:? 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Wednesday
Disaster victims are encouraged to register for assistance before they visit by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing- or speech-impaired. The lines are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. Those affected by the storms can also register online at www.fema.gov or visit a DRC to meet with recovery specialists.
Registering before visiting a DRC will shorten time spent at the center. Visiting a DRC is not required to be considered for assistance.
Representatives of state, federal, voluntary agencies and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be available to answer questions and provide recovery information. Written materials about various assistance programs are also available to individuals and business owners. No cash, checks, debit cards or vouchers are distributed at DRCs. Centers are for the dissemination of information to assist in disaster recovery.
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.