FEMA opens disaster recovery centers

FEMA opens disaster recovery centers

Joint state/federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) and a Mobile DRC opened Saturday, Oct. 19, in Harris, Jefferson and Chambers counties to help disaster survivors affected by Tropical Storm Imelda.

Recovery specialists from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and local and state agencies will be at the center to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance. The centers will be at the following locations:

Beaumont Ford Park Entertainment Complex

5115 Interstate 10 Access Road

Beaumont, TX 77705


Opening Oct. 20, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Closing Oct. 23, 2019 at 7 p.m.


The mobile DRC will be available at the following location:


Winnie Stowell Community Bld.

335 South Park St.

Winnie, Texas 77665

Opening Oct. 20, 2019 at 7 a.m.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Seven days a week (until further notice)


A mobile DRC is a disaster resource that allows state and local officials to maximize their reach to as many affected areas and survivors as possible. The centers offer in-person support to Texas homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage or losses during Tropical Storm Imelda.

Texas homeowners, renters and business owners in Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery and Orange counties that were included in the major disaster declaration for Individual Assistance may apply for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses incurred from Sept. 17 – 23, 2019.

Individual Assistance for homeowners and renters may be eligible for grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs. 

To register, go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at (800) 621-3362. Help is available in most languages and phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.