ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the National Guard Armory in Louisville, opened to assist people who suffered losses from the May 11-12 tornadoes, will close permanently at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 4. However, this does not mean an end to the opportunity to apply for federal assistance or to obtain help with an application or appeal, according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
"The Louisville DRC has given people in Jefferson County a convenient location to talk in-person with recovery specialists," said GEMA Deputy State Coordinating Officer Joe McKinney. "DRCs remain open in nine other counties and people can visit any of them to get help."
A list of open DRCs is below. The list is found online by entering the search term "disaster recovery centers" at www.gema.ga.gov.
Among the services at a DRC are:
- Guidance regarding disaster recovery
- Clarification of any written correspondence received
- Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information
- Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
- Finding out the status of applications being processed by FEMA
- Information about food stamps, unemployment benefits, and insurance issues
- Information about the Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loan program for homeowners, renters, businesses of any size, and non-profit organizations. SBA has representatives at all DRCs to assist one-on-one with completing and returning the loan application.
"Even after the centers close, assistance remains available every day via a toll-free phone call to the FEMA Helpline as well as online at the FEMA Web site," said FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Jeff Bryant. "People can continue to use these resources to apply for aid, follow up on their applications or appeal a decision."
FEMA officials encourage affected homeowners, renters and business owners, if possible, to register for assistance before they visit a DRC. FEMA's toll free telephone registration and help line,
800-621-FEMA (3362), is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time seven days a week. For speech- or hearing-impaired applicants, the TTY number is 800-462-7585. Applicants can register online any time at www.fema.gov.
Disaster Recovery Centers
Operating Hours 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Bright Star United Methodist Church
3715 Bright Star Road??
Douglasville, GA 30134
Varner 4-H Center?????????
220 South Circle Drive
Swainsboro, GA 30401
Coastal Worship Center
14760 Georgia Highway 99
Darien, GA? 31305
Kite Fire Department City Hall
102 Railroad Street
Kite, GA 31049
Bloomfield Middle School
4375 Bloomfield Drive
Macon, GA 31206
Bruce Elementary School
3660 Houston Ave.
Macon, GA? 31206
E. Laurens Primary School Gym
950 U.S. Highway 80 East
Dublin, GA? 31027