VERDUNVILLE — A Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery center in Logan County is adjusting the hours it will serve flood victims.
The center, located in the Verdunville Volunteer Fire Department, will be open Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Four other FEMA disaster recovery centers are also changing their hours.
The centers had been opening at 8 a.m.
The Verdunville center opened last Saturday and has been assisting victims of the March 15 flood that washed through Mud Fork, Verdunville, Mount Gay and Coal Branch.
Another FEMA disaster recovery center is open in Lincoln County and that center is serving victims of earlier floods and storms. It is located at the Duval Fire Company on Straightfork Road in Griffithsville.
Other FEMA disaster recovery centers are located in Wayne and Marion counties. Those disaster recovery centers are also serving victims of earlier floods and storms.
The centers are staffed with disaster-recovery specialists who can provide information and answer questions about storm-related assistance, according to FEMA. “Before stopping by at the disaster recovery centers, people seeking assistance are strongly urged to register with FEMA,” Charleston-based FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Deanne Criswell said in a press release. “Having spoken with or otherwise having contacted state or local officials does not count. You must register with FEMA in order to apply for help.”
Criswell was one of several FEMA officials who helped open the Verdunville center last Saturday.
There are two ways to get registered with FEMA — by phone and on the internet.
By phone, call the FEMA Hotline at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For those with speech or hearing disabilities, use the TTY number, 800-462-7585. Applicants can also register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or with any web-enabled device at m.fema.gov.
A press release said that information needed when registering with FEMA includes the address of the damaged property, names of those living in the household, a general description of the damage, the Social Security Account number of any family member living in the home, the extent of insurance coverage and certain other information needed to expedite the process.
Also on hand at the Disaster Recovery Centers are representatives from the Small Business Administration who can explain the low-interest disaster loans available to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of any size. These loans are for the repair or replacement of real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storms and related flooding, officials said. People who register with FEMA may be sent a loan application from the SBA. No one is obligated to take out a loan, according to the SBA.
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