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Blackhawk, Dubuque and Marion Counties get Disaster Recovery Centers

Disaster recovery centres are beneficial for people affected by disasters and catastrophes
Congressional staff meets in a Disaster Recovery Centre

Representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available at the DRCs to answer questions and provide recovery information.

State and federal officials have announced the opening of three Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Blackhawk, Dubuque, and Marion counties on Monday, Sept. 13, at 9 a.m.






  • Blackhawk County
    1407 Independence Ave.
    Waterloo, Iowa 50703
  • Dubuque County
    Emergency Training Center
    14928 Public Safety Way
    Dubuque, IA 52002
  • Marion County
    2003 N. Lincoln Ave.
    Knoxville, Iowa 50138


In times of catastrophes Disaster Recovery Centers helps in overcoming problems faced by people      

Additional locations and DRC hours, until further notice, are as follows:

  • Cherokee County
    530 W. Bluff St.
    Cherokee, IA 51012
  • Delaware County
    2655 210th St.
    Earlville, Iowa 52041
  • Hamilton County
    500 Fairmeadow Drive
    Webster City, Iowa 50595
    (Closing Saturday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m.)
  • Jasper County
    114 N. Walnut St.
    Colfax, IA 50054
  • Polk County
    The Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa
    1740 Garfield Ave.
    Des Moines, IA 50316
  • Story County
    1615 Golden Aspen Drive, Suite 108
    Ames, IA, 50010
  • Wright County
    Clarion Police & Fire Department
    120 First Ave., SW
    Clarion, Iowa 50526

Small Business Administration helps by providing loans for disaster hit places

Hours are as follows:

Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, access the DRC Locator at the following link to search for locations, services offered, and driving directions.

Representatives from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be available at the DRCs to answer questions and provide recovery information.

At a DRC, visitors also may:

Get help completing applications for federal low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizationsInquire about the status of applications for federal assistance Obtain referrals to voluntary organizations that may help with immediate unmet needs Learn cost-effective mitigation measures to reduce the impact of future disaster losses

SBA offers disaster loans to repair or replace damaged real estate, personal property and business assets not covered by insurance or other aid. For small businesses only, SBA offers disaster loans to cover working capital needs caused by the disaster. Up to $200,000 is available to homeowners to repair or replace primary homes; up to $40,000 is available to homeowners and renters to repair or replace personal property; and, up to $2 million is available to businesses for disaster losses. For SBA information, call (800) 659-2955 (TTY 1-800-977-8339), or go online to the following link.

Disaster Recovery Centers is a big intiative in the field of disaster management

Before visiting a DRC, people are encouraged to register for disaster assistance online at the following link or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY) 800-462-7585. The numbers are available seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time. Help in languages other than English is available.

The deadline to register for assistance is Oct. 13, 2010.

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