INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announce new hours for the Disaster Recovery Center at Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg. Starting Sunday, March 25, and until further notice, the hours will be as follows:
Hours of operation
Sunday, March 25 (The center will be closed on Sundays after March 25.)
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday – Saturday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The center will remain open as long as individuals continue to utilize its services.
More than 460 storm-impacted individuals have been served at the center since the IDHS and FEMA opened it March 13 at Ivy Tech Community College, I-65 and Hwy 311(I-65 exit 9).
At the center, storm-impacted individuals can meet face-to-face with FEMA specialists who can help with the application process. They can complete necessary steps, such as updating addresses, phone numbers and insurance information. Assistants also explain FEMA processes, including how to appeal decisions. FEMA mitigation specialists are also on hand at the center to explain simple ways individuals can reduce risk of loss in the future.
U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) customer service representatives at the recovery center are available to answer program questions and issue disaster loan applications for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. SBA offers disaster loans up to $200,000 to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property. Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million for disaster related losses. Interest rates are as low as 1.875 percent for
homeowners and renters, 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant's financial condition.
Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the storms are encouraged to register for assistance prior to visiting the center by calling the telephone registration line, (800) 621-FEMA (3362). For speech- or hearing-impaired applicants, the TTY number is (800) 462-7585 and Video Relay Service may be accessed at (800) 621-3362. These lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
Registration is also possible in the following ways:
May 8 is the last day to register for assistance.
Federal disaster aid was made available to the State of Indiana to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes from Feb. 29 through March 3 in Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick, and Washington counties.
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.