Changes to Disaster Recovery Centers

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Release date: 
November 1, 2010
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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — The Westchester Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at St. Joseph High School will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center opening at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov 8.

The center has served more than 4,500 visitors. Hours for the state/FEMA Westchester DRC are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 6.

SBA representatives at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center will provide homeowners, renters, business owners and nonprofit organizations with face-to-face service in answering questions about SBA's low-interest disaster loan programs, completing loan applications, checking the status of applications, and closing on SBA loans.

The SBA center will be open beginning Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, until further notice.

The Cicero DRC will close at noon Monday, Nov. 1 and reopen Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 9 a.m. to accommodate local voting at that location.

Normal hours for the Disaster Recovery Centers in Cook County are Monday through Friday,  9 a.m. - 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in these locations:

Cicero Public Safety Building
5410 West 34th St.
Cicero, IL 60804

Austin Area of Chicago (Former Old Navy building)
Washington Square
4905 West North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639

They will both be open on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center is not required to apply for FEMA assistance. Apply online anytime at or call 1-800-621-3362 (TTY1-800-462-7585) from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. Assistance in many languages is available. The Helpline at the same phone number is available  for anyone with questions about their FEMA application.


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


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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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