MCCC disaster recovery center opens | Local News
BLUE BELL – A disaster recovery center organized to help Montgomery County residents and business owners who were affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida opened Friday at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell.
The DRC will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Health Sciences Center – Educational Gymnasium at Montgomery County Community College, located at 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.
Parking is free on site and the SEPTA bus lines 96 and 94 both serve this location. Masks are mandatory to enter the DRC.
FEMA and US Small Business Administration recovery specialists will be available to help homeowners, tenants, and business owners apply for federal help. In addition, they will be able to answer questions and provide information on the types of federal assistance available in the wake of the Declaration of Major Disaster for the Remnants of Hurricane Ida. Additional agencies and services will be present once the DRC reaches full operational capacity next week.
Montgomery County, as well as Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia and York counties have been designated for individual assistance under the declaration of major disaster. Residents of any of these designated counties can visit the DRC for federal and state services, but some county government services will be limited to residents of Montgomery County and business owners.
Specialists at this temporary disaster recovery center are equipped to help people apply to FEMA, upload documents needed for the application process, and answer questions about specific cases. In addition, customer service representatives from the Small Business Administration will also be on hand to provide program information, answer any questions, and explain how to apply for SBA Low Interest Disaster Loans for Children. businesses, private non-profit organizations, landlords and tenants.
Before applying for disaster assistance, applicants should take photos to document damaged property, make a list of damaged or lost items, and compile the following information: social security number; address of the damaged main residence; information on insurance coverage; current telephone number and mailing address; and bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.
Residents and business owners with insurance should file a claim with their insurance company before seeking federal assistance. Then, request disaster assistance using one of the methods below:
- In person at the Activity Recovery Center (DRC)
- Online at www.disasterassistance.gov (Spanish: www.disasterassistance.gov/es)
- By phone at 1-800-621-3362. Multilingual operators are available. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment and who use a TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. If you are using 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or if you require accommodation while visiting the DRC, call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST. via the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish), wherever you get your mobile apps.
The registration deadline for federal aid is November 10, 2021. You do not need to visit the DRC to apply.
Affected Montgomery County residents should visit www.montcopa.org/Ida to access available resources and current recovery information.