HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Commonwealth and Federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Philadelphia at the Packard Building, 111 S. 15th St., will be closed Sunday and Monday, October 9 and 10. It will reopen Tuesday, October 11.
The Philadelphia County DRC at the Belfield Recreation Center, 2109 West Chew Ave., will remain open on both Sunday and Monday, Columbus Day. Its hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 9, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Columbus Day, October 10.
To find other DRCs, go to www.fema.gov/drclocator.
Specialists from the U.S. Small Business Administration will continue to be on hand at the Centers to issue loan applications and answer questions about their low-interest disaster loans available to individuals, nonprofits and businesses of any size.
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.