The Federal Emergency Management Agency opened a Disaster Recovery Center for El Paso County Tuesday at the Colorado Springs Fire Department complex that will be open seven days a week, for at least the next four weeks.
Hadley Stonner, FEMA spokesman, said the purpose of the center will be to provide individual assistance for El Paso County flood survivors who suffered losses and damages in recent severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in the region.
"The length of time the center will remain open certainly depends on what the needs of the survivors are, but we expect to be here at least for the next thirty days, if not longer," Stonner said.
The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the fire complex located on 375 Printers Pkwy., off Airport Road.
Representatives from FEMA and the Small Business Administration will be among the agencies at the center to explain assistance programs and help survivors apply for disaster aid.
Survivors who suffered losses from the storms should register for help from FEMA before heading to the center, Colorado Springs spokeswoman Kim Melchor said.
To register by phone, call 800-621-FEMA (3362). People who have a speech disability or are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585; users of 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. Help is available in many languages.
To register online, go to http://www.disasterassistance.gov/ , or visit http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4145 for more information on the disaster operations.