FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Pocahontas County closes July 22nd, 2016 but help is still available

The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Summers, Lincoln, Fayette and Pocahontas counties and one in Summersville in Nicholas County will close permanently Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m. But, as a survivor of the late June flooding disaster, you will still be able to get the help you need with just a phone call.

Many of the services available at the DRCs are also available on the Helpline run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Helpline operates from 7am to 10pm, seven days a week, until further notice. By calling 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay services) or 800-462-7585 for TTY users, you can use the Helpline to:

• Register with FEMA.
• Provide a change of address, telephone and bank account numbers and insurance information to avoid disaster assistance processing delays.
• Receive information about FEMA home inspections.
• Get other questions answered about federal disaster assistance.
• Ask questions about a letter from FEMA.
• Learn how to appeal a FEMA decision. All applicants may appeal.

You can also register with FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov. If you want to discuss your application, you must have your nine-digit FEMA registration number and zip code.

You can still visit the other DRCs. Representatives from FEMA, various state agencies and the U.S. Small Business Administration are at the centers to answer your questions on disaster assistance or low-interest loans. The centers in our region that remain open until further notice 8am to 6pm Monday through Friday include:

Greenbrier County – Mobile Disaster Recovery Center, Southeastern Labor Council, AFL-CIO, 65 West Main St, White Sulphur Springs or Town Hall at 201 Kanawha Ave in Rainelle

Nicholas County – City of Richwood City Hall or Birch River Elementary School, Birch River, WV

Webster County – Webster Springs Municipal Building in Webster Springs at 143 McGraw Ave

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Heather Niday

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