Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Two Gulf Coast Disaster Recovery Centers to Close Oct. 21

MONTGOMERY, Ala. –- The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) located at the Mobile Civic Center and the Foley Events Center will close down at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct 21 after providing disaster-related information to nearly 5,000 local residents and displaced evacuees in the past month.

Recovery officials gave early notice of the closing to allow time for any area residents or displaced evacuees to visit either center before closedown. Although the DRCs have been busy, recent visitor traffic has slowed considerably, recovery officials said.

The Mobile Civic Center is located at 401 Civic Center Drive and the Foley Events Center is at 20801 County Rd 20 in Foley. The centers are open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. All centers are closed Sundays.
Another DRC in Mobile located at Tillman Corner, Andrews Plaza, 5566 Andrews Road-Suite A, remains open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice.

To date, 4,082 people have visited the two DRCs located in the City of Mobile; 2,741 at the Civic Center alone. Another Mobile County DRC in Bayou La Batre has helped more than 8,100 visitors since it first opened in early September. In Baldwin County, the Foley center has been visited by 2,211 storm survivors. Previously open Baldwin County DRCs in Bay Minette, Robertsdale and Fairhope attracted more than 3,100 visitors in the early days after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast.

It is not necessary to visit a DRC. Individuals who have already registered go to the centers to find out the status of their applications, to get help completing the U.S. Small Business Administration loan application or to get answers to disaster-related questions from state and federal recovery specialists.

Residents and evacuees who suffered damages because of Katrina should register for disaster aid by calling toll-free 800-621-FEMA (3362), or (TTY) 800-462-7585. The lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until further notice. Registration via the Internet is possible on-line at

FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages the federal response and recovery efforts following an incident of national significance. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities to reduce the risk of loss in future disasters, trains first responders, workers with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.


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