HARRISBURG, Pa. -- On Wednesday, Nov. 30, with individual assistance for damage following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee well over the quarter billion dollar mark in federal aid approved, the FEMA/Commonwealth Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) located in Bradford, Columbia, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, and Wyoming Counties will close permanently. Their hours until they close on Nov. 30 are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The centers will not be open over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend; they will reopen on Monday and close permanently on Wednesday.
Disaster Recovery Centers were set up in 23 locations throughout Pennsylvania to give people impacted by the storms a place to meet face to face with disaster specialists. Individuals can find out about the status of their FEMA and/or U.S. Small Business disaster loan applications and have any other disaster related questions answered. Representatives from a number of federal and state agencies staff the DRCs to explain their programs and disaster relief services. The DRCs have received 27,437 visits to date.
Anyone who needs information can always call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Multilingual operators are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Individuals who had disaster losses and have not yet applied for aid or called FEMA to find out if they are eligible for assistance should apply at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY users the number is 1-800-462-7585. For 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) users, the number is 1-800-621-3362. Anyone with a disability who needs help registering should contact FEMA.
The deadline for individuals to register for disaster assistance is December 14, 2011. For those seeking assistance from state agencies please visit www.pa.gov.
The DRCs will continue to receive visitors until they close on Wednesday Nov. 30. Their addresses are:
Towanda Fire Company
101 Elm Street
Towanda, PA 18848
Columbia County Ag Center
702 Sawmill Road
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Lebanon Valley Mall
22nd & Cumberland Streets
Lebanon, PA 17046
Luzerne County Community College
Public Safety Training Center
1333 South Prospect Street
Nanticoke, PA 18634
740 Fairfield Road
Montoursville, PA 17754
Tunkhannock Area Administration Building Gymnasium
41 Philadelphia Avenue
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
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.