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Disaster Recovery Center opens in Cherokee County

Monday, September 13, 2010

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FEMA workers Eliot Santiago, left, of Puerto Rico, and Wendy Brambila, right, of Los Angeles, Calif., are pictured hanging up the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center sign at the Cherokee Community Center. Thursday marked the opening of the Disaster Recovery Center in Cherokee County. The pair is part of the many FEMA workers along with members of the U.S. Small Business Administration working with county resident to get life back to normal after this year's strong storms and flooding in Cherokee County. Photo by Mike Leckband
A federal/state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Cherokee County opened Thursday to assist individuals, households and businesses affected by Iowa's recent storms and flooding.

The DRC is located at 530 W. Bluff St. at the upper level of the Cherokee Community Center. The hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday until further notice.

The deadline to register for assistance is Oct. 13, 2010.

There are representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) along with members of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help county residents affected by flood and storm damage that was received this summer in Cherokee County. Currently there are 196 reported registrations in Cherokee County.

Cherokee County's DRC is the eighth one to open in the state of Iowa, joining Delaware, Hamilton, Jasper, Mahaska, Polk, Story and Wright counties.Those affected by the disaster may visit any DRC.

Representatives from both FEMA and the SBA will be available at DRCs to answer any questions and also provide recovery information. They will also have written materials about various other assistance programs from other Federal or state agencies which are available to individuals and business owners.

No cash, checks, debit cards or vouchers will be distributed at the DCRs,

Before visiting a DRC, you must first register with FEMA online, at www.disasterassistance.gov, or call, toll-free to 800-621-FEMA (3362),



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