Bismarck, N.D. -- The Jamestown Disaster Recovery Center will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. The Disaster Recovery Center is located at
2400 8th Ave. SW, Suite B
Jamestown, Stutsman County
Saturday will be the last day for Stutsman County residents who have been affected by the flooding that began on March 13 to visit their local Disaster Recovery Center, which is run by the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Jamestown Disaster Recovery Center has recovery program representatives available to help answer questions about assistance.
"The recovery center offers a great chance to meet face to face with representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)," said NDDES Deputy Director Greg Wilz. "They can answer questions about the SBA disaster loan program and help people fill out their disaster loan applications." SBA offers assistance with low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, businesses, and private, non-profit organizations.
Although the DRC will be closing, the SBA is opening a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) on Monday, June 15, 2009 at the same location. The DLOC will close on Thursday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m.
The hours of operation for the SBA DLOC will be Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The office closes on Saturdays and Sundays.
"Just because the Jamestown center is closing does not mean FEMA is leaving," said FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Justo "Tito" Hernandez. "We will be here as long as it takes. If you have not registered yet, or have questions about your application or our programs, call us toll free at 1-800-621-FEMA or TTY 1-800-462-7585, or go online at www.disasterassistance.gov."
Disaster Recovery Center staff can answer questions about registration for disaster assistance, hazard mitigation and provide information and contacts for other programs. In addition, SBA representatives can meet with each resident and business owner to help complete their loan application.
SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations for losses not fully covered by insurance. Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their residence and homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses of any size may borrow up to $2 million for uncompensated business property damage. For small businesses and most private, non-profit organizations, SBA offers working capital loans to meet needs caused by the disaster, regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.
SBA disaster help and information is also available by calling SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting SBA's Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Hearing impaired individuals may call (800) 877-8339. Residents and business owners may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA's secure Web site at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Residents affected by the severe storms and flooding that began on March 13 who plan to stop by any Disaster Recovery Center are urged to register for assistance before their visit. Residents can register for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 or visiting www.DisasterAssis...