July 2nd, 2007 06:04 EST
Disaster Recovery Center to Open Today
Denton, Texas -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Texas Governor's Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) announced today the opening of a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Gainesville to serve those affected by the flooding of June 16-18.
DRCs provide residents an opportunity to meet face to face with representatives from state and federal agencies to find answers to questions they may have about the recovery process. Customer service representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be on hand to help renters, homeowners, individuals and businesses fill out loan applications and answer questions.
The Disaster Recovery Center will be in a fixed location at:
Gainesville Outlet Mall
4321 I-35 North
Gainesville, TX 76240
The DRC will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday. Beginning July 3, hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
The DRC will be open on July 4th.
Additional DRCs are expected to be opened in other counties.
Before visiting a DRC, individuals should register for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those who are hearing or speech-impaired. The FEMA application line is open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time seven days a week, until further notice. You can also register online at www.fema.gov.
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.