The State of Nebraska and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open a Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Washington County on Tuesday.
Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at the center will provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications.
The center, located at the Arlington Auditorium, 410 W. Elm St., will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Disaster Recovery Centers are operating in several other locations. Survivors can visit any open DRC for help.
Homeowners, renters and business owners in Washington County may apply for assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from severe winter storm, straight-line winds and flooding.
Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed by representatives from FEMA, the SBA and other federal and local agencies. One-on-one assistance includes:
• Help registering for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.
• Help completing paperwork and checking the status of an application.
• Help applying for the SBA’s low-interest disaster loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters.
• Referrals to other state, federal and voluntary organizations offering information about additional disaster assistance.
• Help understanding how to appeal FEMA eligibility decisions.
• Accommodations to meet the needs of the entire community, including people with disabilities. Centers are equipped with captioned phones, video remote interpreting and assistive listening devices.
• If you need an accommodation or assistance due to a disability, please notify FEMA staff at the time of registration or anytime during the assistance process.
Applicants for disaster assistance should have the following information on hand:
• Social Security number
• Address of the damaged primary residence
• Description of the damage
• Information about insurance coverage
• A current contact telephone number
• An address where they can receive mail
• Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds
How to register with FEMA:
• Online, visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
•On a smart phone, download the FEMA app and click on “disaster resources,” then “apply for assistance online.”
• By phone, call FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585; or use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). Telephone registration is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT seven days a week.
• Visit a Disaster Recovery Center and speak to a FEMA specialist one-on-one.