DENVER, Co. -- After serving nearly 1,000 storm victims, the Windsor Disaster Recovery Center will end operations at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28.
The center, located at 1100 W. Main St. in the Windsor High School Gymnasium, will remain open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Since opening on May 27, the DRC has been staffed by representatives from FEMA, the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the United Way, the Colorado Department of Health, the Weld County Housing Authority, the Colorado Division of Housing, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and Colorado Division of Insurance.
For those who may still have disaster assistance questions after the DRC closes, help remains just a phone call away. Operators at FEMA's Helpline, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585, are available to answer disaster aid questions and assist applicants who may want to check on the status of their application. The helpline is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. After registering, applicants can also check the status of the application online at www.fema.gov.
Until the DRC closes SBA customer service representatives are available to issue loan applications, answer questions about SBA?s disaster loan program, explain the application process, help each individual complete their applications and close approved disaster loans.
SBA offers low-interest federal disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non‑profit organizations to repair or replace property damaged or destroyed by the disaster.
For small businesses only, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.
Now as well as after the DRC closes individuals and business owners may contact SBA?s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit SBA?s website at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Hearing impaired individuals may contact SBA at (800) 877-8339. The deadline to return SBA applications for property damage is July 25, 2008. The deadline to return SBA economic injury loan applications is February 26, 2008.
Residents of Larimer and Weld counties who still have not registered can still apply. The deadline to register is July 25, 2008. Federal and state officials want to make sure those affected by the May 22 severe storms and tornadoes receive all the assistance to which they are entitled. Call the toll-free number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or go online at www.fema.gov to start the registration process.
The Colorado Division of Emergency Management (CDEM), within the Department of Local Affairs, is the state?s emergency management agency. The agency works to identify and lessen the effects of emergencies, disasters and threats to Colorado by developing effective prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery actions for all disasters and emergencies.
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.