HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A Disaster Recovery Center operated by the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in DeKalb County is open in Collinsville for those affected by the severe spring storms and tornadoes of late April.
The Disaster Recovery Center is set up at the Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 4370 County Road 822, Collinsville, AL 35961.
The center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday, May 15.
Disaster officials ask that before visiting the centers, people first register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are staffed 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week until further notice. Help in all languages is available.
Telephones and Spanish-speaking staff are available at the Disaster Recovery Center to help with registration.
Once registered, staff at the recovery center can check an individual's case, answer questions about their claim, or review information needed to process their claim. Recovery specialists also can supply contacts for other programs that may be able to help.
U.S. Small Business Administration representatives will be at the disaster center to answer questions about the SBA's low-interest disaster loan program for homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations of all sizes. These loans are to repair or replace real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storms and flooding.
Representatives will help complete and accept SBA disaster loan applications. Anyone not able to go to a DRC should call the SBA Customer Service Center from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT, toll-free at 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-462-7585 for information and assistance, or visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alabama Emergency Agency is Alabama's coordinating agency for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Learn more at www.ema.alabama.gov and follow the agency on Twitter (@AlabamaEMA).
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.