FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Open in Massachusetts After March 2010 Floods

Please see the attached link to the MEMA website describing the activation of our Disaster Recovery Centers.

Please note, any resident, from any community, can go to any DRC.
Also, please not that the Quincy DRC location will relocate to the
Koch Recreational Complex next Monday.

The address is located here:
Richard J. Koch Park & Recreation Complex
1 Merrymount Parkway, Quincy, Massachusetts


Feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns.

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Centers

Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will be open beginning Wednesday, April 7, 2010 in five locations in Massachusetts to assist individuals, households and businesses affected by the severe storms and record-rainfall that flooded large areas of the state beginning March 12, 2010.

Each DRC is staffed with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) disaster recovery specialists, who are ready to help survivors through the process of applying for disaster assistance.

Homeowners, renters and business owners are urged to register before visiting a DRC by calling FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Multilingual operators are available. Those with speech or hearing impairment may callTTY 800-462-7585to apply. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7:00AM to 10:00PM daily until further notice. Registration can also be done online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

Once registered, FEMA disaster recovery specialists at a center can check an individual’s case, answer questions about their claim, or request information FEMA needs to process their claim.

Recovery specialists can also supply contacts for other programs that may provide help as well as suggest low-cost risk-reduction measures to make homes or businesses safer. Other federal agency representatives at the centers include IRS tax specialists to discuss disaster-related issues. Representatives from volunteer agencies are also available to suggest existing community resources to help in the recovery process.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) representatives will be on hand at DRCs to meet with individuals and business owners to answer any questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, help them complete their SBA disaster loan application and accept the completed disaster loan applications. Anyone not able to go to a DRC should call the SBA Customer Service Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday, at 800-659-2955 for information and assistance or visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations. These loans are to repair or replace homes, businesses and personal property not covered by insurance and damaged by the recent flooding.

FEMA may open additional locations, so please check this site frequently.
Hours of operation will vary at each center. Locations and daily hours are:

Essex County
Flint Public Library
1 South Main Street
Middleton, MA 01949
Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.  Middlesex County

Billerica Public Library
15 Concord Road
Billerica, MA 01821
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Norfolk County
Thomas Crane Public Library
40 Washington Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Plymouth County
Lakeville Free Public Library
4 Precinct Street
Lakeville, MA 02347
Seven days a week: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.   
Worcester County
Thayer Memorial Library
717 Main Street
Lancaster, MA 01523
Seven days a week: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.           

James A. Mannion
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Bridgewater, MA 02324-0054

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