MERRILLVILLE, Ind. -- The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that a mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) serving various Lake County locations will make a two day stop in Dyer to assist residents who suffered damages from severe storms and flooding that occurred in the area from August 15-27.
The mobile DRC will be at the Dyer Town Hall, One Town Square, Dyer, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, December 10-11 before moving on to other county locations.
DRC staff can answer questions about registration for disaster assistance and hazard mitigation, help with SBA disaster loan applications and provide information and contacts for other programs. Those homeowners and renters who are referred to SBA must complete their SBA loan application in order to be considered for further grant assistance through the Other Needs Assistance program.
Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the severe storms and flooding are encouraged to register for assistance before visiting the DRC by calling the telephone registration line, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) which is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (local time) seven days a week. ?For speech- or hearing-impaired applicants, the TTY number is 1-800-462-7585. Applicants also may register on-line at www.fema.gov. Registering early will help applicants receive aid as quickly as possible.
The mobile unit is the second Disaster Recovery Center in the county. Another DRC is located at 839 Broadway, Gary, IN.? Hours of operation for the Gary center are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time), Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday until further notice. Additional DRC openings in Lake County are expected soon.?
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.