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March 2012 tornado coverage

April 13, 2012

Disaster Recovery Center closing today

Help will be available via phone, internet

INDIANAPOLIS — The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Indiana Department of Homeland Security want to remind Hoosiers affected by the March 2 tornadoes that individualized disaster recovery assistance will continue to be available.

The Disaster Recovery Center at Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg is set to close at 6 p.m. today, but residents can still receive assistance through FEMA’s toll-free help line. FEMA representatives can be reached after April 13 by calling 1-800-621-3362; TTY 1-800-462-7585 for speech-or hearing-impaired applicants; and Video Relay Service may be accessed at 1-800-621-3362. The lines will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days-a-week.

Specialists will be available at the center to answer questions about FEMA recovery programs until Friday. Customer service representatives with the U.S. Small Business Administration will also be on-hand, helping people complete SBA low interest disaster loan applications. The loans help homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations fund repair or rebuilding and may cover the cost of replacing lost or damaged personal property or business assets, according to a press release. These loans may cover insurance deductibles, code-required upgrades and other costs not covered by insurance or other sources.

After the center in Sellersburg closes, storm-impacted individuals will still be able to meet in person with SBA customer service representatives at a Business Recovery Center in Scottsburg. The center will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, until further notice. The center is located at Scott County Economic Development Corporation, 821 South Lake Road South, Scottsburg, IN 47170.

You can also visit www.fema.gov or www.DisasterAssistance.gov; and by smart phone or tablet at m.fema.gov.

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