FEMA Disaster Recovery Center hours of operation

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By Community Editor

The four FEMA/state Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) have changed their hours of operation. They will continue to be open Monday through Saturday; however, beginning Monday, June 17, the hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The DRC locations are:

Chicago
North Park Village
5801 N. Pulaski, Bldg. C
Chicago, IL 60646

Chicago
Royal Savings Bank
9226 S. Commercial Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617

Cook County
Forest View Fire Department
7010 W. 46th
Forest View, IL 60402

Cook County
1486 Miner St.
(Next to Des Plaines Theatre)
Des Plaines, IL 60016

DRC services include help with applying for disaster assistance and finding out about other disaster programs available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), state and local agencies, and voluntary organizations. To receive assistance, residents must apply with FEMA even if they already provided damage information to local officials, other agencies or organizations.

The former DuPage County DRC will transition to an SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) on Monday, June 17, and will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice. At the DLOC, SBA customer service representatives will issue disaster loan applications, answer questions about SBA's disaster loan program, explain the application process, help individuals complete their application and close their approved disaster loans.

The DLOC location is:
DuPage County
Lisle Police Department
5040 Lincoln Ave.
Lisle, IL 60532

It is not necessary to visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to register with FEMA. Individuals can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. People who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS) can call 800-621-3362. For more information visit the Illinois Disaster website www.fema.gov/disaster/4116.

Multilingual phone operators are available on the FEMA helpline. Choose Option 2 for Spanish and Option 3 for other languages.

The deadline to register for FEMA disaster assistance is Tuesday, July 9.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a n

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