LAREDO, Texas -- The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announce the opening of Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (MDRCs). The MDRC will open Friday, Sept. 3, in Maverick County and Saturday, Sept. 4, in Cameron County for those affected by Hurricane Alex and the flooding that followed.
The MDRC in Maverick County will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and is located:
Mall of Aguilas (Old Pizza Hut)
455 S. Bibb
Eagle Pass, TX 78852
The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday.
The MDRC in Cameron County will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and is located:
Port Isabel Annex
505 Highway 100
Port Isabel, TX 78578
The hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday.
Spanish speakers will be on hand to provide assistance to survivors.
Disaster survivors are encouraged to register for assistance before visiting the MDRCs by calling
1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing or speech impaired. Tele-registration hours are 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. seven days a week. Those affected by the hurricane can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or visit a DRC to meet face-to-face with recovery specialists.
Even though FEMA and the state encourage MDRC visits, doing so is not required to be considered for assistance.
Representatives of the state, federal and voluntary agencies, as well as customer service representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will be available at the center to answer questions and provide disaster loan information to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Written materials about various assistance programs also are available to individuals and business owners.
No cash, checks, debit cards or vouchers are distributed at DRCs. Centers are for the dissemination of information to assist in recovery.
For more information on the Hurricane Alex disaster recovery, browse the features on this FEMA Web site at www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/2010/alex/index.shtm. Users of smart phones and other mobile devices can visit m.fema.gov. Texans should also visit www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem for more information on this disaster and preparation for future disasters.
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.