LAREDO, Texas -- FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will close Monday, Sept. 6, in observance of Labor Day.
After the federal holiday, three DRCs will continue to serve Texans affected by Hurricane Alex. The centers are located in Rio Bravo in Webb County, Edinburg in Hidalgo County and Port Isabel in Cameron County. Recovery centers provide a one-stop location where people can talk face to face with state and federal disaster recovery specialists. Residents are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, although they can get registration assistance if needed at the centers.
Visitors to recovery centers can:
- Receive information in both English and Spanish about different types of state and federal disaster assistance.
- Get help completing applications for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations.
- Inquire about the status of applications for federal assistance.
- Receive referrals to voluntary organizations for help with immediate unmet needs.
- Learn cost-effective measures to reduce the impact of future disaster losses.
Spanish speakers will be on hand to provide assistance to survivors.
Texans who had damage or uninsured losses and have not yet registered can do so online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired. Both numbers are available 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
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.