HOUSTON (FOX 26)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open three Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers in the Houston area beginning on May 6. The MDRCs will be available to residents affected by the severe storms and flooding that affected Houston in April. DRCs provide a place for homeowners, renters and businesses to access available disaster assistance information from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as well as local government and non-profit resources.
"As Houston continues the hard work of recovering, it's important that residents understand the services available to them through FEMA, the SBA and others," said Mayor Sylvester Turner, "Visiting a Disaster Recovery Center gives residents a way to speak in-person with representatives of these agencies, and access to the resources and services to which they are entitled."
Visiting a DRC is not a requirement of registration, but provides a place for residents to ask questions about disaster assistance, receive help explaining the process, access rental resources, discuss the status of their FEMA or SBA application, and get helpful information about available services throughout our area.
The additional Mobile DRCs will be located at:
Foundry United Methodist Church, 8350 Jones Road, Houston, TX 77065
Katy Park, 24927 Morton Ranch Road, Katy, TX 77493
Lone Star College-University Park, 20515 TX- 249, Houston, TX 77070
In addition, the original, fixed DRCs are still operating at the following locations:
Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77074
Greenspoint Commercial Office Building, 16800 Imperial Valley Dr., Houston, TX 77060
Cypress Creek Christian Church and Community Center, 6823 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, TX 77379
Lone Star College Cy-Fair Library, 9191 Barker Cypress Rd., Cypress, TX 77433
DRC Hours of operation are as follows:
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00pm
In addition to visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, survivors can apply for federal disaster assistance by visiting disasterassistance.gov (disasterassistance.gov/es in Spanish), or by calling (voice, 711 or relay service) 1-800-621-3362. TTY users should call 800-462-7585. The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
In order to speed up the application process, survivors who visit a DRC or call FEMA should be prepared to provide:
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 those preferring direct deposit of funds
For more information about disaster recovery, and for a full list and map of DRC locations, visit houstonrecovers.org.