CULLMAN – The Alabama EMA/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) which opened last week at Cullman City Hall will be adjusting its hours of operation beginning next week. The DRC will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. Beginning on Tuesday, May 29, the DRC's new hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the same hours on Saturday.
The DRC is for anyone with qualifying expenses related to storm damage that are not covered by insurance for any reason. Cullman City Hall is located at 204 Second Ave. NE.
Specialists from the State of Alabama, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nongovernment organizations and the local community are on-hand at the DRC.
Services provided include:
- Guidance regarding disaster recovery
- Clarification of any written correspondence received
- Funding for housing repairs and rental assistance
- Answers to questions, resolutions to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
- Status of applications being processed by FEMA
FEMA said assistance for eligible survivors can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses. Applicants also may be referred to SBA to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from SBA. These loans may be available to qualified individuals and families to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
Those with storm damage in affected counties also can register for FEMA assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Multilingual operators are available. Disaster assistance applicants who use TTY should call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) should call 800-621-3362.
The DRC in Cullman will close permanently on June 8, according to Cullman EMA Director Phyllis Little. The last day for individuals to register for FEMA assistance is June 24, 2018.
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