LAREDO, Texas -- The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announce the opening of mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). The DRC will open Wednesday in Zapata County and Thursday in Jim Hogg County for those affected by Hurricane Alex and subsequent flooding.
The mobile DRC in Zapata County will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and is located:
201 E. 7th Ave., Room 248
Zapata, TX 78076
The hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.
The mobile DRC in Jim Hogg County will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and is located:
County Court House
102 E. Tilley Road
Hebbronville, TX 78361
The DRC will also be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Spanish speakers will be on hand to provide assistance to survivors.
Disaster survivors are encouraged to register for assistance before visiting the DRCs by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing or speech impaired. Tele-registration hours are 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. seven days a week. Those affected by the hurricane can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or visit a DRC to meet face-to-face with recovery specialists.
Even though FEMA and the state encourage DRC visits, doing so is not required to be considered for assistance.Representatives of the state, federal and voluntary agencies, as well as customer service representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will be available at the center to answer questions and provide disaster loan information to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Written materials about various assistance programs are also available to individuals and business owners.
No cash, checks, debit cards or vouchers are distributed at DRCs. Centers are for the dissemination of information to assist in recovery.
For more information on the Hurricane Alex disaster recovery, browse the features on this FEMA Web site at www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/2010/alex/index.shtm. Users of smart phones and other mobile devices can visit m.fema.gov. Texans should also visit www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem for more information on this disaster and preparation for future disasters.
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.