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FEMA opens disaster recovery centers in Metro East

Earlier this month President Biden approved Illinois’ application for FEMA aid.

BRIDGETON, Mo. — Flood recovery assistance is available at two new Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery centers in the Metro East.

Food victims in Illinois are now able to get disaster recovery help from the federal government.

Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be available to provide information for people affected by the flooding that took place July 25-28.

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden approved Illinois’ application for FEMA aid. Two disaster recovery centers have opened up to help people with the process of applying for federal government assistance.

Those centers are located at the Clyde Jordan Senior Citizen Center in East St. Louis and the Caseyville Village Hall. Both locations will be open seven days a week.

Hours of operation are Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

No appointment is necessary to visit one of the centerss.

FEMA agents can help people apply for federal aid at the disaster recovery centers. You can also start the process online at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. 

For needs not covered by insurance or other sources, FEMA may be able provide individual assistance grant money that does not have to be repaid for rental assistance, damage to personal property, lodging reimbursement and basic home repair.

Meanwhile, on the Missouri side, residents of St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County have just two weeks left to apply for FEMA disaster assistance before the deadline expires, Nov. 7. The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at Centennial Commons in University City is scheduled to close on Nov. 2.

FEMA officials are wrapping up their “Rebuild Safer and Stronger” sessions at some area Home Depot stores.

Those free advice sessions are coming to an end Thursday at Home Depots in Bridgeton, Brentwood and in St. Louis at the Kingshighway location.

Shoppers can speak directly with FEMA specialists to get answers to questions about any home-related topics, whether they were affected by a disaster or not, and whether they rent or own.

Do-it-yourselfers and professionals can get answers to questions and discuss proven methods for preventing damage from future disasters, techniques for rebuilding homes and tips for reducing disaster risk.

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