WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Telephone registration and Disaster Recovery Centers will be open Labor Day weekend, according to state and federal officials.
For residents and business owners in the 32 Iowa counties included in the recent disaster declaration, registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the first step in the process of qualifying for assistance, whether the loss is large or small.
“The sooner people register, the sooner we will be able to help those who are eligible,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Tom Hall. “Staffing the Telephone Registration Center on Labor Day is just one of the steps we are taking to ensure that all Iowa residents who are eligible for assistance have the opportunity to register.”
Anyone who had damage or loss may call the FEMA tele- registration line toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585 for the hearing- or speech-impaired. Hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time, seven days a week, until further notice. Multi-lingual services are available. For online registration, available anytime, go to www.disasterassistance.gov.
After registering with FEMA, additional information and referrals are available at Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) located throughout the state. Staffed by representatives from federal and voluntary agencies, including the Small Business Administration (SBA), DRCs are currently open in Delaware, Hamilton, Jasper, Mahaska, Polk and Wright counties at the following locations:
2655 210th St.
Earlville, Iowa 52041
500 Fairmeadow Drive
Webster City, Iowa 50595
114 N. Walnut
Colfax, IA 50054
First Nazarene Church
1215 Third St. East
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
The Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa
1740 Garfield Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50316
Clarion Police & Fire Department
120 First Ave., SW
Clarion, Iowa 50526
Labor Day hours for each Center are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A complete list of Centers is available at www.fema.gov/assistance/opendrcs. Survivors may visit any center nearest them.
Additional disaster information and recovery resources can be accessed by smartphone at FEMA’s new mobile website at m.fema.gov/ .
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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.