HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A commonwealth and federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Bucks County will close on Wednesday, October 12, according to officials from the Pennsylvania and Federal Emergency Management Agencies (PEMA and FEMA).
The DRC, located at the Neshaminy Mall, Route 1 and Bristol Road, Bensalem, PA 19020, will close permanently at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 12.
Until the DRC closes, specialists from the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand to issue loan applications, answer questions about their low-interest disaster loans available to individuals, nonprofits and businesses of any size.
The DRC’s hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 8. It will be closed on Sunday, but will be open Monday, Columbus Day, October 10, through Wednesday. Its hours Monday through Wednesday will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
After the DRC closes permanently on Wednesday, October 12, individuals with questions can contact the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362. People with hearing disabilities can use the TTY number, 1-800-462-7585.
Many Disaster Recovery Centers remain open throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania and can provide services to anyone in need. To find the DRC closest to you, 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.