HARRISBURG -- A commonwealth and federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Susquehanna County will open at a new location Sunday, October 9, officials from the Pennsylvania and Federal Emergency Management Agencies (PEMA and FEMA) announced today.
The new location is the Susquehanna County Emergency Operations Center, 81 Public Ave. in Montrose.
The center’s present location at the Hallstead Fire Department, 133 Lackawanna Ave. in Hallstead will close Saturday at 5 P.M.
Specialists from the U.S. Small Business Administration will continue to be on hand at the new location to issue loan applications and answer questions about their low-interest disaster loans available to individuals, nonprofits and businesses of any size.
The DRC’s hours at the new location will be 1p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 9.
The Center also will be open on Columbus Day, Monday, October 10, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hours on other days will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
To find other DRCs, go to www.fema.gov/drclocator.
Disaster officials recommend that you register before visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, so if you have any questions about the application process they can be answered face to face. You can visit any DRC regardless of where you live or work.
The deadline for registering for disaster assistance is November 14.
Here are four ways to register:
- Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Operators assist callers seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Help is available in most languages. If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585.
- Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Register using a tablet or smartphone by visiting m.fema.gov.
- If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
If you have a disability and need help registering, please ask.
Information to have ready when registering with FEMA includes the address of the damaged property, names of members of the household, a general description of the damage, the Social Security number of any family member living in the home, the extent of insurance coverage and certain other information needed to expedite the process.
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.