3 disaster recovery centers to open in the CNMI today


(CNMI Governor’s Office) — Effective Friday, November 9, 2018, three Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will be open to assist residents who suffered damages and property loss due to Typhoon Yutu and Typhoon Mangkhut. The DRCs will open in Tinian, Saipan, and Rota.

A DRC provides residents an opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives from the Commonwealth, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to answer questions about temporary housing, home repairs, replacement of damaged personal property, home and business recovery funding and other disaster-related needs.

The hours of operation per island are as follows:

FEMA grants and SBA loans may be able to help cover survivors’ uninsured or underinsured damaged property and destroyed essential items. If an applicant is insured, they are strongly encouraged to first file a claim with their insurance company, and then register for disaster assistance with FEMA. If applicants are referred to SBA for a loan application, it is very important that they follow through.

Eligible applicants can register for assistance by calling: (800) 621-3362, or applying online at: disasterassistance.gov. The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585 for those who are speech or hearing-impaired. Survivors who are unable to register for assistance before visiting a DRC are welcome to use the center’s phone banks and computers.