LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Disaster survivors in Franklin and Johnson counties have three more days to visit with state and federal specialists at Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in their areas. Both centers will close at 6 p.m. Friday, said officials from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The Franklin County center, Ozark Elementary School, 1601 Walden Drive, Ozark, and the Johnson County DRC, Marvin Vinson Center, 1611 Oakland Street, Clarksville, will continue to serve residents from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Friday.
"The DRCs have brought disaster assistance to the doorstep of survivors," said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell. "In serving nearly 150 residents in two sparsely populated counties, the Ozark and Clarksville DRCs made sure these folks got the information and help they needed."
Since opening as Disaster Assistance Centers on July 9, the centers have offered survivors of the May 24-26 tornadoes in the two counties the opportunity for face-to-face encounters with officials from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and several other agencies. Many residents visited after registering with FEMA to check on details of the FEMA or SBA process, while others began their registration process at the center.
"The closing of the centers follows the fall-off in the number of survivors we're seeing at the facilities," said Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer W. Michael Moore. "That's a sign that Franklin and Johnson county residents have gotten the information they need to move forward with their recovery from the tornadoes and storms."
Residents in Johnson and Franklin counties can still register or check the status of their applications by calling FEMA at 1-800-621-3362, or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; multilingual operators are available. Or they can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via a web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov.
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