BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), where recovery specialists are assisting Vermont residents and business owners who experienced losses and damages from the severe storms and flooding starting in early April, will be open through the July 4th weekend at their regular hours, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The locations of the DRCs are as follows:
Mallet's Bay Fire Station
844 Church Road
Colchester, VT 05446
Vermont State Police
140 Fisher Pond Road
St. Albans, VT 05478
Precision Tool Co.
10 Precision Lane
Swanton, VT 05488
Disaster officials suggest those with damage register first with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585 from 6:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.) before visiting a recovery center. Once registered, staff can provide additional information or answer any questions. Those who need help registering can of course do so at one of the centers. Recovery specialists at the centers can also refer applicants to other assistance provided by voluntary agencies.
U.S. Small Business Administration representatives are also available at the centers to provide information about SBA low-interest disaster loan program for homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations of all sizes. Representatives will be on hand to help complete loan applications. Completing a loan application does not mean you have to accept a loan, but it is an important part of the disaster assistance process, opening other possible financial assistance.
Those who have already registered with FEMA and still have questions can call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 or TTY/TDD 1-800-462-7585. Flood survivors may also register for assistance online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov or by mobile device at m.fema.gov. For SBA disaster-loan information, call 800-659-2955 or go to www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
SBA disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA&'s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov or completed on-line at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
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.