While Hurricane Irene is long gone, countless residents across the area are still dealing with the aftermath. A new service in Philadelphia is providing hope for those impacted by the devastating storm.
A federal/state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open in Center City Monday afternoon. The center, located in the Packard Building on South 15th Street on the third floor, will open on Monday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. After Monday, the center will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Federal and state agencies will be on hand at the center to provide assistance to those affected by Irene.
Anyone planning on coming to the DRC is advised to register with FEMA first. Officials also advise those with insurance to contact their insurance agent and file a personal claim before contacting FEMA.
You can register online for the recovery center on the disaster assistance website or via a web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov.
You can also register by calling 1-800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants with a speech disability or hearing loss should call 1-800-462-7585 directly. Finally, those using 711 or Video Relay Service should call 1-800-621-3362. Operators are available seven days a week between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Applicants should also have the following information when applying:
- Social Security Number (including spouse)
- Private Insurance Information if available
- Address and zip code of the damaged property
- Directions to the damaged home or property
- Daytime telephone number and current mailing address