McALLEN, Texas -- The two FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers in Hidalgo County and one in Cameron County will close at 6:00 p.m. today, Tuesday, September 9, as FEMA personnel from the Joint Field Office in McAllen are relocated to facilities in Austin to remove them from harm's way in the event of landfall by Hurricane Ike.
FEMA personnel will continue to support the Dolly recovery from Austin.
Registered applicants may still call the Helpline (800-621-3362) to check on the status of their application, update their contact information, change an inspection appointment or ask other recovery questions. English, Spanish and other multilingual speaking recovery specialists are available to help.
Residents in the declared counties of Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy can continue to register for assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free registration line 800-621-FEMA (3362) or for the speech- and hearing-impaired TTY 800-462-7585. Applicants who have access to a computer can register online at www.fema.gov. The deadline to register for Hurricane Dolly aid is Saturday September 30.
The three Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOC) in Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy counties are also closing as of 6:00 p.m. today until further notice.
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.