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Disaster Recovery Center in Cairo Set to Reopen

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July 7, 2011
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Disaster Recovery Center in Cairo Set to Reopen

MARION, Ill. – A temporary Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Cairo is set to reopen on Monday, July 11 through Saturday, July 16 for southern Illinois storm and flood survivors to meet face-to-face with disaster recovery specialists.

The DRC, operated jointly by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will be open at the following location:

Emerson Elementary School, 3101 Elm St. (31st and Elm), Cairo, IL

Mon., July 11 – Fri., July 15, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sat., July 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Residents do not have to go to the center 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

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Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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