WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- The joint state/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) located throughout Iowa will be open on the Columbus Day holiday, Monday, Oct. 11, to serve those affected by the summer’s severe storms and flooding.
In fact, officials in charge of recovery operations think this is a good day for anyone looking for disaster assistance information to call the toll-free registration number, 800-621-FEMA (3362); for the speech- or hearing-impaired, 800-462-7585 (TTY). Fewer calls are expected because of the holiday.
It’s also a good day to visit a DRC to inquire about the status of applications already filed or to get help completing the U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loan application form. Applicants should remember to bring their FEMA registration number and Social Security number with them when visiting a DRC.
“With many businesses closed, we want to encourage people who have the day off to take this time to ask questions about any losses they may have suffered from the summer’s severe storms and flooding,” explained Tom Hall, federal coordinating officer. “Our centers will be open as usual, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the registration and Helpline continues to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Individuals who have not yet registered for assistance can either call the toll-free number or register online at www.disasterassistance.gov . When registering, individuals will need current address and contact information, address of the damaged property, Social Security number, household composition, insurance and income information.
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