FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Changing

The disaster recovery centers set up to help victims of this spring’s tornadoes are undergoing some changes this weekend. FEMA spokesman Bob Porecca says the Etowah County recovery office at the Rainbow City Recreation Center will be closing down for good at 7 o’clock Saturday evening, and the Calhoun County center will be moving a few blocks to a new location. Porreca says the Jacksonville office will reopen Tuesday morning in the county’s EMA-911 Center at 507 Francis Street West.

Porreca says time is running out for people who lost homes, businesses and other belongings in the storms that ravaged the area on March 19th. Individual applications for assistance must be filed by June 25th in order to be considered by either FEMA or the SBA.

Porreca says people who can’t make it to one of those recovery centers may call the disaster helpline at 1-800-621-3362. But he says it might be easier for some victims to receive help at the center because it has equipment designed for people with special needs.


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