WEST DES MOINES, Iowa Additional Disaster Recovery Centers will open in Wright and Hamilton counties today, to assist individuals, households and businesses affected by Iowa's recent storms and flooding.
Wright County - Clarion Police and Fire Department, located at 120 First Ave., S.W. in Clarion.
Hamilton County - located at 500 Fairmeadow Drive in Webster City.
Disaster survivors who reside in the 32 counties covered under the recent federal declaration for Individual Assistance may visit any DRC location.
In the past two weeks DRCs have opened in Delaware, Jasper, Mahaska and Polk Counties. For additional information, access the DRC Locator at
www.fema.gov/assistance/opendrcs.shtm to search for locations, services offered, and driving directions.
Until further notice, DRC hours are as follows:
Monday through Friday., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All DRCs will be open Labor Day.
Representatives from federal and voluntary agencies, including from the U.S. Small Business Administration, will be available at all DRCs to answer questions and provide recovery information. Written materials about various assistance programs are also 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 disaster recovery.
At the DRC, visitors may also:
Get help completing applications for federal low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private nonprofit organizations.
Inquire about the status of applications for federal assistance.
Obtain referrals to voluntary organizations that may help with immediate unmet needs.
Learn cost-effective mitigation measures to reduce the impact of future disaster losses.
SBA disaster loans cover costs of repair or replacement of damaged real estate, personal property and business assets not fully covered by insurance or other aid; and for small businesses, such loans cover working capital needs caused by the disaster.
Before visiting a DRC, the first step in the storm and flood recovery assistance process is to register with FEMA.
Applicants with damage from the disaster may register for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov; or by calling toll-free, (800) 621-FEMA(3362) or TTY, (800) 462-7585 for the hearing- or speech-impaired. The numbers are available seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time, until further notice. You may also access disaster information and recovery resources directly from your smartphone at FEMA's new mobile website at http://m.fema.gov/.