The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will move to the Fremont Learning Center on Saturday.
The Disaster Recovery Center is located at Christensen Field, which will remain open until 7 p.m. on Friday before relocating to the Fremont Learning Center at 130 E. 9th Street, opening at noon on Saturday.
According to FEMA Public Information Officer Thomas Kempton, the move is partly due to increased IT system efficiency offered at the Fremont Learning Center. We are currently running off a satellite dish out of our mobile unit parked at Christensen Field,” he said. “So getting a hardwire connection will allow us to be more efficient in helping those who need assistance. The move also allows the FEMA and State of Nebraska Disaster Recovery.
The center is to be located closer to the Multi-Agency Resource Center—found in the Learning Center building—and the distribution center at the Fremont City Auditorium. Kempton also said that due to the time it would take to move and set up at the new location, the Disaster Recover Center will open at noon on Saturday before resuming regular 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. hours of operation for the foreseeable future.
As long as enough people are coming in that need assistance—we will be there providing that assistance,” he said. Recovery specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at the center will continue to provide information on available services, explain assistance programs, and help survivors complete or check the status of their applications. Representatives at the Disaster Recovery Center provide various assistance to those in need. Kempton says many individuals visit the center to check their disaster assistance registration process.
Often, it’s just people who want to check their registration status,” he said. “They might have registered right away by phone or on the internet—which we urge people to do—and they want to come in and talk with someone face to face and check their status. Currently, Nebraska homeowners, renters, and business owners in Boone, Buffalo, Bulter, Cass, Colfax, Custer, Dodge, Douglas, Knox, Nemaha, Richardson, Sarpy, Saunders, Thurston.
Washington Counties and the Santee Sioux Nation may apply for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses from severe winter storms, straight-line winds, and flooding. Those seeking assistance can register with FEMA online at www.disasterassistance.gov, by downloading the FEMA app on their smartphone, or by calling FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585 or using 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). Telephone registration is available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time.