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FEMA Announces Permanent Closing Of Enterprise Civic Center Disaster Recovery Center


MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Enterprise Civic Center Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will permanently close at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 10, 2007, according to recovery officials from Alabama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This center opened March 3 and responded to more than 260 visitors including area homeowners, renters and business owners about disaster assistance programs.

Since the deadly tornadoes struck Alabama, more than 490 area residents have visited recovery centers and met face-to-face with disaster recovery specialists from the Department of Homeland Securityís FEMA, the State Emergency Response Team, the U.S. Small Business Administration, other government agencies and volunteer organizations.

Two recovery centers remain open in Enterprise along with five recovery centers open in Wilcox, Henry, Dale, Montgomery and Dallas counties. All residents in these six counties can visit any recovery center. The centers are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days-a-week, until further notice.

Coffee County

Enterprise Recreation Center
421 East Lee St.
Enterprise, AL

Pleasant Shade Baptist Church
1891 Damascus Rd.
Enterprise, AL

Wilcox County

East Bank Park
7433 Hwy 28 West
Millerís Ferry, AL

Henry County

County Shop
1023 County Rd. 53
Abbeville, AL


Echo Community Bldg.
8714 E. County Rd. 36
Ozark, AL

Montgomery County

Volunteer Fire Dept.
153 County Shop Rd., Hwy 331 South
Sprague, AL

Dallas County

Town Hall
14761 Main St.
Orville, AL

The centers provide disaster recovery information to assist in recovery by those affected by the tornadoes. Center visitors can check on individual applications or seek information about risk-reduction measures to lessen future loss. Representatives of the state, federal and voluntary agencies, as well as loan officers from the U.S. Small Business Administration who assist individuals with information about personal SBA disaster recovery loans, are available to answer questions and provide recovery information. Publications about various assistance programs are also available to individuals and business owners. No cash, checks, debit cards or vouchers are distributed at recovery centers.

FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, initiates mitigation activities and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA works closely with state and local emergency managers, law enforcement personnel, firefighters and other first responders. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, economic status or retaliation. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, you should call FEMA toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or contact your State Office of Equal rights. If suspicious of any abuse of FEMA programs, please contact the fraud hotline at 1-800-323-8603.

FEMAís temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.


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