Michael temporarily closes FEMA disaster recovery center

By: Alan Wooten - Bladen Journal

ELIZABETHTOWN — FEMA opened a disaster recovery center here, then had to close it temporarily because of Hurriacne Michael.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be available at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Building, 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown. This is also known as the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center.

Originally set to be open 60 days, the center closed because of Michael for Thursday and Friday, with plans to reopen on Saturday.

A news release from FEMA and the Emergency Management Department of Bladen County said representatives will be able to assist with FEMA regisstrations and the status of registrations. Questions should be directed to FEMA staff at the location.

The hours vary depending on the day of the week, and the center is closed on Sundays.

After the closure for Michael, the center will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

On Tuesdays, the center is open 1 to 7 p.m.

A news release says homeowners, renters and businesses should register for disaster assistance before visiting a recovery center. There are several ways to register:

• Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

• Use the FEMA mobile app.

• Call FEMA at 800-621-3362 anytime from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available.

FEMA encourages residents to avoid waiting to begin cleanup and repairs. Take photos of damage, save all receipts and get the cleanup and repair process started as soon as possible.

Alan Wooten

Bladen Journal

Alan Wooten can be reached at 910-247-9132 or awooten@bladenjournal.com. Twitter: @alanwooten19.

Alan Wooten can be reached at 910-247-9132 or awooten@bladenjournal.com. Twitter: @alanwooten19.