WEST DES MOINES, Iowa –The Marion County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at 2003 N. Lincoln St., in Knoxville will end operations at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, according to state and federal officials.
The 60-day period in which to register for disaster assistance ends Oct. 13. Those who have registered, but still have questions can call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline or visit any DRC that is still open.
To access the Helpline, call the registration number, 800-621-FEMA (3362); select language, enter a ZIP code, and then select option “2” for the Helpline. Callers will need their disaster registration and Social Security numbers available.
There are several DRCs located throughout the state. The closest DRC to Marion County residents is in Polk County at the Boys and Girls Club, 1740 Garfield Ave., in Des Moines. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
Access the DRC locator at www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers to find all DRCs throughout the state.
At a DRC visitors can:
- Receive information about different types of state and federal disaster assistance.
- Receive help completing low-interest loan applications from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners, renters and business owners.
- Inquire about the status of registration.
- May receive referrals to voluntary organizations to help with immediate unmet needs.
- Learn cost-effective mitigation measures to reduce the impact of future disaster losses.
- Learn about Internal Revenue Service programs available to disaster survivors.
To Register for Assistance
To register for assistance, call FEMA's toll-free number, 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for the speech- and hearing-impaired between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Residents also may register online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov.
When registering, individuals will need current address and contact information, address of the damaged property, Social Security numbers, household composition, insurance and income information.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers disaster loans up to $200,000 to homeowners to repair or replace their damaged or destroyed primary residence. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
Businesses of any size and private non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to help homeowners and business owners with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent, or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.
For information about SBA’s disaster loan programs, applicants may call 800- 659-2955 or online at www.sba.gov. For TTY call 800-977-8339.
You may access disaster information and recovery resources directly from your Smartphone at FEMA’s mobile website at http://m.fema.gov/.
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