FEMA help sessions at Ford Center end

Recovery centers in neighboring communities will continue to offer in-person assistance with federal disaster claims

DEARBORN – FEMA representatives ended in-person sessions to assist residents in filing federal disaster claims at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. today.

Residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties affected by the Aug. 11 storms and flooding still can file claims with FEMA before the Nov. 24 deadline by registering at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.

In addition, FEMA will continue to operate disaster recovery centers at:

Wayne County

Wayne County Community College District Education and Performing Arts Center, 21000 Northline Road, Taylor.

Wayne County Community College District Welcome Center, 8200 W. Outer Drive, Detroit.

Oakland County

Gerry Kulick Community Center, 1201 Livernois St., Ferndale.

Macomb County

Renaissance Unity Church, 11200 E. 11 Mile Road, Warren.

The four recovery centers offer disaster survivors the chance to interact with FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other organizations.

Visitors can register for assistance, discuss disaster aid programs with specialists, check the status of existing applications and obtain other information.

People planning on filing a claim should bring their Social Security number, insurance information, damage information, household financial information, and contact information.

To save time, people with losses from the storms and flooding are encouraged to register on the FEMA website or via the toll-free number prior to going to the disaster recovery centers.

The city of Dearborn has no authority in determining if residents qualify for FEMA assistance.

Among the federal assistance that may be available to qualified property owners is grants for home repairs not covered by insurance to make the home safe, sanitary and functional; low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance; and other relief programs, according to FEMA.

For more information, call FEMA at its toll free number, 800-621-3362.