FEMA resource center to reopen in Cairo

Sunday, July 10, 2011

CAIRO, Ill. -- FEMA's temporary Disaster Recovery Center in Cairo will reopen Monday through Saturday at Emerson Elementary School, 3101 Elm St. The DRC will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Individuals are encouraged to first apply for aid by completing an application online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. The center provides Southern Illinois storm and flood victims the opportunity to meet with disaster recovery specialists. DRC services include checking on the status of a disaster assistance application and finding out about other disaster programs available from the U.S. Small Business Administration, state and local agencies, and voluntary organizations. To be considered for federal disaster assistance, residents must apply with FEMA even if they already provided damage information to local officials, other agencies or organizations. SBA low-interest disaster loans may be available for homeowners, renters, businesses and private not-for-profit organizations of all sizes to repair or replace real estate, contents and/or personal property damaged in the severe storms and flooding. SBA customer service representatives will be present to answer questions and accept completed loan applications. Information and assistance from SBA is also available at 1-800-659-2955, (TTY) 1-800-877-8339 or online at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.

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