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Disaster Recovery Center opens in Fremont County, Iowa

Posted: 10:02 PM, Apr 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-03 23:02:57-04
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FREMONT COUNTY, Iowa. (KMTV) — A Disaster Recovery Center opened in Fremont County, Iowa on Wednesday, providing resources for flood survivors.

The joint state/federal recovery center opened today, staffed by recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and other agencies. Together they provide information on services available to those affected by floods. Staff also helps explain assistance programs and aid survivors in completing or checking the status of their applications at the center.

The center location and hours are:

Fremont County Emergency Management
2014 290th Ave.
Sidney, IA 51652

Opening April 3: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Regular hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Iowa homeowners, renters and business owners in Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona and Woodbury counties -- included in the major disaster declaration for Individual Assistance -- may apply for assistance for uninsured and under-insured damage and losses due to flooding.

According to a press release from FEMA, one-on-one assistance at Disaster Recovery Centers includes:
- Help to register for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.
- Help completing paperwork and checking the status of your 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

For more information, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.