MADISON, Wis. -- State and federal officials announced the opening of a site to provide information to Wisconsin residents who have applied for federal help responding to the recent flooding. Officials with Wisconsin Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said the Sauk County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open in Reedsburg on Monday.
"The DRC gives residents affected by the disaster the opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives of state, federal, and voluntary agencies to ask questions about the recovery process," Dolph Diemont said. Diemont is the federal coordinating officer for the disaster, leading the federal side of flood response and recovery efforts here.
Officials plan to open DRCs in additional counties this week.
The DRC in Reedsburg is scheduled to begin operations at 1 p.m. on Monday and will be open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice. The DRC is located
Sauk County DRC
Reedsburg High School
1100 S. Albert Ave.
Reedsburg, WI 53959
Residents affected by the severe storms and flooding that began on June 5 who plan to stop by the DRC are urged to register for assistance before their visit. Residents can register for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 or visiting www.fema.gov on line. The registration line is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice. The call is free.
FEMA Mitigation specialists are scheduled to be on hand at the DRC to provide information and answer questions about cost-effective rebuilding and repair techniques to reduce property damage in future disasters.
Officers from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will also be available to answer questions about the SBA disaster-loan program and assist with disaster loan applications. The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes to repair or replace damaged or destroyed property.
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 terrorism.