AUSTIN, Texas -- The last FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center in Texas will close in Galveston County April 10, reflecting Texas' continuing progress in recovering from Hurricane Ike.
"We encourage those who still want to make use of this face-to-face, one-stop disaster recovery center to visit in the next two weeks before it wraps up its mission in Galveston," said State Coordinating Officer Joan Haun. "This center has been one of our busiest since it opened last September, but the dwindling number of visits lately indicate we've largely accomplished our mission of providing direct assistance to the Galvestonians who need it."
The center, located at the Galveston Island Community Center at 4700 Broadway, has had more than 27,000 visits from Texans affected by Hurricane Ike, which pounded the island on Sept. 13, 2008. The center is one of 130 recovery centers that have operated in Texas, providing assistance to almost 160,000 visitors with a variety of needs.
Center closings are a standard part of the recovery effort, and signify the progress made by the community as it moves toward revitalization.
"FEMA's commitment to the people of Texas is as strong as ever," said Brad Harris, federal coordinating officer in Texas for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "FEMA is here for the long haul to help Texas through its recovery."
The center is open 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until it closes on April 10. Texans who have already applied to FEMA and are still requiring assistance are encouraged to visit the center, or call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800 462-7585. For further information on Hurricane Ike and FEMA's role in the recovery effort, visit www.fema.gov/ike.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.