Disaster Recovery Center to Open in St. Johnsbury

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Release date: 
July 22, 2011
Release Number: 
1995-023

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is opening a disaster recovery center in St. Johnsbury to assist individuals, households and businesses that were affected by the storms and flooding this spring in central and northeastern Vermont.

The St. Johnsbury center opens officially at noon on Monday, July 25 and will be staffed with disaster recovery specialists from various federal, state and local agencies and organizations who can provide information and answer questions about storm-related assistance.

"The storms that struck Caledonia and Washington Counties on May 26 and 27 were very destructive," said FEMA's federal coordinating officer Craig Gilbert. "While we have registered nearly 400 individuals for assistance, we hope those who have been affected and have not registered yet, will do so."

Register with FEMA by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), or going online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via a web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov. Multilingual registration assistance is available. Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY can call 800-462-7585 directly;or call 800-621-3362 if using 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS).

Almost $700,000 in assistance to individuals and families has been approved for those affected in Washington and Caledonia counties since President Barack Obama issued a major disaster declaration for those counties on July 8. The deadline for registration for these two counties is September 6, 2011.

If you have already registered and would like to speak with someone face-to-face about additional information, you can visit a recovery center near you.

The newest one, in St. Johnsbury will located at:

St. Johnsbury Welcome Center
51 Depot Square
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

Hours are Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. -- CLOSED ON SUNDAYS.

Other disaster recovery center locations:

Washington County
Barre City Auditorium
16 Auditorium Hall
Barre, VT 05641
Hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, noon to 6 p.m.

Chittenden County
Mallett's Bay Fire Station
844 Church Road
Colchester, VT 05446
Hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

U.S. Small Business Administration representatives are also at the disaster centers to answer any questions about the SBA's low-interest disaster loan program for homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations of all sizes. These loans are to repair or replace real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storms and flooding. If you are sent a loan application from FEMA, you should complete it. No one is obligated to take out a loan. In fact, you have six months to decide. If you are turned down, it may open the door for other possible assistance.

Representatives at recovery centers will help complete and accept SBA disaster loan applications. Anyone not able to go to a DRC should call the SBA Customer Service Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, toll-free at 800-659-2955 for information and assistance, or visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance or send an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

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). Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY may call 1-800-462-7585 directly; or call 1-800-621-3362 ...

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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