INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Charlestown, IN for residents who suffered damage from the severe storms and flooding that began on Sept. 12.
The new Clark County center will be open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8 and be in operation through the close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 14. The center location and schedule are:
Clark County Fairgrounds - Community Building
9608 State Road #62
Charlestown, IN 47111
Open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Closed Sunday
Federal disaster recovery specialists will be available to meet face-to-face with applicants to answer questions about registration for disaster assistance and hazard mitigation, help with disaster loan applications, and provide information and contacts for other programs. State agencies represented will be the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), the Department of Workforce Development, and Department of Insurance and the Department of Health.
Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding are encouraged to register for assistance by calling the telephone registration line, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) which is open 24 hours, seven days a week, until further notice. Residents are encouraged to register prior to visiting a disaster recovery center. For speech- or hearing-impaired applicants, the TTY number is 1-800-462-7585. Applicants also may register on-line at www.fema.gov.
Officials remind affected residents who have already filled out damage report forms with the State, or their county emergency managers, or voluntary agencies that they must register with FEMA at the above numbers or Web site to be eligible for federal assistance.
SBA representatives at the DRC will meet individually with each applicant to provide assistance in completing their disaster loan application, and to accept completed disaster loan applications.
Returning the SBA applications is an essential part of the disaster recovery process even for individuals who do not qualify for a loan.
SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations for losses not fully covered by insurance. The SBA may loan up to $200,000 to repair or replace homes and up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Up to $2 million is available for uncompensated business disaster losses.
Residents and business owners can receive information about SBA disaster loans and help with the application process by calling the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 or visiting the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov.
All residents are also encouraged to get involved with the recovery by helping spread the word about available assistance. Tell your neighbor.
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.