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 mobile DRCs will open in Alamo on Thursday, Sept. 16, and in Progreso on Friday, Sept. 17, for those affected by Hurricane Alex and subsequent flooding.
The mobile DRC in Alamo will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday,
Sept. 16-18, and will be located:
Hidalgo County Pct. 2 Multipurpose Center
1429 S. Tower Road
Alamo, TX 78516
The mobile DRC in Progreso will be open from noon to 6 p.m., Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17-18, and will be located:
Progreso Family Community Center
510 N. FM 1015
Progreso, TX 78579
Spanish speakers will be on hand in both mobile DRCs 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.