Disaster Recovery Center In Etowah County To Close Saturday

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ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- A Disaster Recovery Center for storm victims in DeKalb and Etowah counties is set to close Saturday at six p.m.

Inside the center, on one side of a table, sits a woman who lost her home.

On the other side, sits a woman who is helping her get back on her feet.

She's a FEMA representative and that's what scores of them do inside Disaster Recovery Centers across the storm - affected areas of the state.

"It's a facility that FEMA has been operating along with the State to provide a source for people seeking federal assistance to come talk to a representative face to face, get their questions answered," FEMA representative Nate Custer says.

The center in Etowah County serves people in DeKalb County as well.

Saturday at six p.m. though, that center is set to close.

However, Custer says that closure doesn't mean your time is up to sign up for FEMA aid. "People who live in these declared counties have until July first to register with FEMA."

What that closure means is that if you have questions about your application, you won't be able to get them answered in person locally if you live in DeKalb or Etowah counties.

"A representative can look at the application they've filed, assuming they've already registered, and see if there's any information missing, and answer their questions," Custer says.

This center is one of several across the state, so residents in the two counties can travel to different centers in affected counties for the same face-to-face help.

The Disaster Recovery Center is located at Sardis City Hall.

The center will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the final day.

After the center closes, survivors may also visit any of the open Recovery Centers.

Recovery Centers are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The following are the closest centers in proximity to Etowah and DeKalb Counties.

  • Oneonta Recreation Park-City Depot, Chamber of Commerce Room, 28161 State Highway 75, Oneonta, 35121
  • Ripley Woodmen of the World Hall-11281 Ripley Road, Athens, 35611

To register with FEMA go online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362.