AUSTIN, Texas -- Three additional FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are open in Houston to provide face-to-face assistance to those who suffered damage from Hurricane Ike. The new DRCs are located at the following Home Depot Stores:
11500 Chimney Rock
Houston, TX 77035
6810 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77087
10707 North Freeway
Houston, TX 77037
These centers along with the DRC located at the Ellington Joint Reserve Base, Building 1383, will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.
Residents are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a DRC. There are two ways to register: log on to www.fema.gov or call FEMA's toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Both numbers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until further notice. At each DRC, visitors can:
- Receive information about different types of state and federal disaster assistance.
- Get help completing low-interest loan applications from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners, renters and business owners.
- Inquire about the status of applications for federal assistance.
- Receive referrals to the American Red Cross and other voluntary organizations to help with immediate unmet needs.
- Learn cost-effective measures to reduce the impact of future disaster losses.
Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repair and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other sources. Low-interest disaster loans from the SBA also are available for residential and business losses not covered by insurance or other sources.
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.