WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- A federal/state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Shelby County will open Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at 9 a.m. to assist individuals, households and businesses affected by Iowa's summer storms and flooding.
The DRC will be located at the Harlan Fire Station, 906 Cyclone Ave., Harlan, IA 51537-1327. The hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to Noon, on Saturday, until Oct. 27, 2010.
The registration period for disaster assistance ends Nov. 12. Those who have registered, but still have questions may call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline or visit any DRC that is still open. Access the DRC locator at www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers to find all DRCs throughout the state.
To access the Helpline, call the registration number, 800-621-FEMA (3362), select language, enter a ZIP code, and then select option two. Callers will need their disaster registration and Social Security numbers.
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, until further notice. Multilingual operators are available. Residents also may register online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov.
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 m.fema.gov/.
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