MADISON, Wis. -- The three Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (MDRCs) now visiting a series of sites throughout Wisconsin's disaster area have added several stops and expanded their stays at several other planned stops. These MDRCs provide applicants in the areas being served with the opportunity to have their questions and concerns addressed by recovery specialists, disaster officials said today.
"There are applicants who are not in a position to travel to a fixed DRC for a variety of reasons," said Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph Diemont. "By moving our mobile units throughout the state's flooded areas, we make our services available to a greater number of those affected by the June storms." As federal coordinating officer, Diemont heads up the U.S. government's side of the disaster response and recovery in Wisconsin.
The MDRCs are a basic version of the larger centers now in operation. Staffing the mobile units are: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) applicant services specialists; customer service representatives with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA); FEMA mitigation specialists; and State of Wisconsin representatives. County representatives from the location being served also are invited to participate. Also available through the MDRC services are direct referrals to other disaster assistance providers who are not part of the unit's personnel.
"Even with our 12 fixed DRC operations, there are applicants who may not be able to make the trip," said Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) Administrator Johnnie Smith. "Disaster assistance is for everyone with a need, and we want to be sure that all applicants have access to our services."
Beginning Sunday, July 13, all MDRCs and Disaster Recovery Centers will be closed Sundays and operate Monday through Saturday.
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.