Ala. Disaster Recovery Centers to Open

July 13, 2005

Officials from the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that Disaster Recovery Centers will open in Saraland and Bay Minette on Thursday, July 14. These are the first of several centers that will open in Alabama to provide information to those who have suffered damage from Hurricane Dennis.

Disaster victims are urged to apply for assistance first online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or for the speech- or hearing-impaired 1 800 462 7585 (TTY). The toll-free telephone numbers are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week until further notice, and multilingual operators are available to assist disaster victims.

The DRCs will be opening on Thursday, July 14, at 7 a.m., and will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, until further notice. The locations are:

Saraland Community Center
716 Mae Street
Saraland, Ala. 36571

Hallidey Park
400 McConnell Avenue
Bay Minette, Ala. 36507

These DRCs serve as a one-stop information centers and offer disaster victims a chance to talk face-to-face with federal recovery specialists, as well as state and local voluntary organization representatives who can provide additional assistance or help with immediate unmet needs for disaster victims. Mitigation specialists are also available to provide information about cost-effective ways to help reduce future disaster damages.

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