Disaster Recovery Centers Opening In Wright And Hamilton Counties

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Release date: 
September 2, 2010
Release Number: 
1930-021

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Additional Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will open in Wright and Hamilton counties on Friday, September 3, to assist individuals, households and businesses affected by Iowa's recent storms and flooding.

Locations:

Wright County
Clarion Police & Fire Department
120 First Ave., SW
Clarion, Iowa 50526

Hamilton County
500 Fairmeadow Drive
Webster City, Iowa 50166

Disaster survivors who reside in the 32 counties covered under the recent federal declaration for Individual Assistance may visit any DRC location.

In the past two weeks DRCs have opened in Delaware, Jasper, Mahaska and Polk Counties. For additional information, access the DRC Locator at
www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers to search for locations, services offered, and driving directions. 

Until further notice, DRC hours are as follows:
Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
All DRCs will be open Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6

Representatives from federal and voluntary agencies, including from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will be available at all DRCs to answer questions and provide recovery information. 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 disaster recovery.

At the DRC, visitors may also:

  • Get help completing applications for federal low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations
  • Inquire about the status of applications for federal assistance
  • Obtain referrals to voluntary organizations that may help with immediate unmet needs
  • Learn cost-effective mitigation measures to reduce the impact of future disaster losses

SBA disaster loans cover costs of repair or replacement of damaged real estate, personal property and business assets not fully covered by insurance or other aid; and for small businesses, such loans cover working capital needs caused by the disaster.

Before visiting a DRC, the first step in the storm and flood recovery assistance process is to register with FEMA.

Applicants with damage from the disaster may register for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov; or by calling toll-free, 800-621-FEMA(3362) or TTY, 800-462-7585 for the hearing- or speech-impaired. The numbers are available seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time, until further notice. You may also access disaster information and recovery resources directly from your smartphone at FEMA's new mobile website at m.fema.gov/.

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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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