Disaster Recovery Center in Corydon through Saturday
A Disaster Recovery Center is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today (Thursday) through Saturday at the Harrison County Government Center in Corydon to help those who experienced property damage or loss caused by storms and flooding on Feb. 14 through March 4 register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance
Nine Indiana counties, including Harrison, Floyd, Clark and Jefferson in the southeast portion of the state, recently were deemed eligible for individual assistance from the federal government.
In addition to the temporary DRC at the Harrison County Government Center, at 245 Atwood St., a full-time DRC has been established at the Utica Town Hall at 107 N. Fourth St. It is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.
Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and business owners. Recovery specialists from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of Indiana are available to provide assistance to anyone filling out their applications or updating their status. Voluntary organizations are available and offer a variety of services to help survivors recover.
The registration process is the first step in recovery and requires information such as insurance policies and bank information for possible direct transfer of funds. Survivors are encouraged to register before visiting a DRC.
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers federal disaster loans for businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters. The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged property.
Persons who have phone or internet access may register in one of the following ways:
‘ Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
‘ Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY should call 1-800-462-7585.
‘ Download the FEMA app and apply.
Information on the registration process is available in ASL at fema.gov/medialibrary/assets/videos/111546.
Those with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation when visiting a visiting a DRC should see a manager when they arrive.
Language translations are offered through Telephonic Interpretation Services in 200 languages.
Disaster Survivor Assistance crews are canvassing affected areas and are able to register survivors for FEMA assistance, if needed. When residents require further assistance, the teams may refer them to a DRC.
For persons who have already registered, it is not necessary to visit a DRC. However, they may still want to go speak with a Recovery Specialist to update their status, submit documentation or find help from the other organizations.
FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.
For more information on Indiana’s recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4363 or the @FEMARegion5 Twitter account.