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Disaster Recovery Center will continue to Assist Peninsula Residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Oct. 9, 2003

CONTACTS:

FEMA/VDEM News Desk - (804) 217-8952 - NR # 42 & #43 DR-1491-VA
Colleen M. Hiam, SBA - (716) 282-4612 ext. 202

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER DISASTER NEWS

 

RICHMOND, VA -The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) will continue to provide assistance to Peninsula residents affected by Hurricane Isabel at their Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Newport News.

 

The DRC, adjacent to the Family Dollar Store in the Dresden Drive Shopping Center at the intersection of Dresden Drive and Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday, October 10.

 

Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., until further notice.

At the DRC, individuals who sustained losses and damage as a result of Hurricane Isabel can meet one-on-one with disaster specialists to check the status of their application; learn about a variety of federal, state and local disaster programs; and to get information on how to prevent future damages from severe storms.

Individuals who wish to visit any of the DRCs that remain open throughout disaster declared localities in Virginia can locate them by calling FEMA's toll-free registration number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for hearing and speech impaired. The DRC locations can also be found through the VDEM's website at: www.vaemergency.gov

 

Individuals may still apply for disaster assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing or speech impaired. The FEMA Helpline number is the same number used to register for disaster assistance. The helpline also can provide information on the status of an application. Both the Helpline and registration numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily.

 

On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages Citizen Corps, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.

 

More disaster information is available on the Internet at <www.fema.gov > or SBA information at http://www.sba.gov . Information is also available through the FEMA 24-hour fax-on-demand service by calling 202-646-FEMA.

 

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management also has an Internet site at www.vaemergency.gov

 

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability or economic status. Anyone who believes he or she has been discriminated against should contact the federal or state coordinating officer.

 

 

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