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Two Disaster Recovery Centers Set To Open This Week in Cairo and Junction

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Release date: 
June 25, 2011
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MARION, Ill. Two temporary Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are set to re-open this week in Cairo on Wednesday and Junction on Thursday for southern Illinois survivors to meet face-to-face with disaster recovery specialists and receive help, state and federal officials said today.

The DRCs, operated jointly by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The center in Cairo will be open for four days.  The center in Junction is scheduled to be open for three days.

Locations and dates: 

Emerson Elementary School

3101 Elm St. (31st & Elm)

Cairo, IL

Open: Wed., June 29

Close: Sat., July 2

Gallatin School (gymnasium entrance)

5175 IL HWY 13

Junction, IL

Open:  Thurs., June 30

Close:  Sat., July 2

Residents do not have to go to the centers to apply for disaster assistance. 

Individuals are encouraged to first apply by completing an application online anytime at or by web enabled mobile device at or by calling toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Both numbers are available seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (CDT), until further notice.  Help in other languages is available.

DRC services include checking on the status of your disaster assistance application and finding out about other disaster programs available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), state and local agencies, and voluntary organizations. To be considered for federal disaster assistance, residents must apply with FEMA even if they already provided damage information to local officials, other agencies or organizations.

SBA low-interest disaster loans may be available for homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations of all sizes to repair or replace real estate, contents and/or personal property damaged in the severe storms and flooding. SBA customer service representatives will be present to answer questions and accept completed loan applications. Information and assistance from SBA is also available at 1-800-659-2955, (TTY) 1-800-877-8339 or online at

The counties designated for Individual Assistance include Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Lawrence, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, White and Williamson. 

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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