COLUMBUS, Ohio -- To help individuals in the counties just declared eligible for disaster assistance, disaster recovery centers will open in four more locations this week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) announced today. Ten new counties were declared eligible today for assistance after the flooding that occurred between May 18 and June 21.
The centers, staffed by state and federal disaster program representatives, are intended to meet the needs of individuals who have already registered for assistance under President Bush's disaster declaration and who may have further questions about their cases. People who had property damage can register by calling FEMA's toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. seven days a week.
The schedule to date for the recovery centers:
Tuesday, June 29
through July 3
Hi-Point Career Center
2280 State Route 540
Ravenna City Hall
210 Park Way
|June 29-July 1||
Galion High School
200 North Union
19 High School Avenue
The Logan and Crawford County centers will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. today (June 29). After that, the centers' hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. More centers will open in other counties next week. Their schedule will be announced later.
"While no one has to visit these centers to register for government help, people who suffered damage in the spring flooding can get valuable information and assistance if they need it," said Dale Shipley, state coordinating officer for the disaster recovery.
Visitors to the centers can:
- Receive information on disaster assistance programs
- Receive information about U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans and get help in completing disaster loan applications
- Get referral information for other programs, such as Disaster Unemployment Assistance
- Learn about cost-effective measures to reduce the impact of future disasters
The Ohio EMA coordinates State assistance and resources during an emergency and prepares the state for all hazards through planning, training, exercises and funding activities at the state and local level. This includes providing assistance to individuals and administering state and federal assistance to individuals and governmental entities recovering from disaster-related damage and costs. Ohio EMA coordinates homeland security funding, weapons of mass destruction training, anti-terrorism planning and training, and assists local and state agencies determine homeland strategies and priorities.
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