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October 2, 2012

Center will help fire victims

NORMAN — With the recent approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for individual assistance for Cleveland County residents affected by the August wildfires, the Disaster Recovery Center will be open Wednesday at the 12 Corners Baptist Church, 15601 Etowah Road in Noble.

The Disaster Recovery Center Hours of operation are:

· Oct. 3-6: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

· Oct. 7: 1 to 5 p.m.

· Oct. 8-12: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

· Oct. 13: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

· Oct. 15-19: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

· Oct. 20: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

· Oct. 22-24: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Residents wanting to apply for assistance must call the FEMA hotline,1-800-621-3362, to register before the recovery center will process their applications. If someone has no means to call, a phone bank has been established at the 12 Corners Baptist Church.

“Applicants should bring as much information as they can to the center,” said David Grizzle, Norman’s emergency management coordinator. “They will need to validate their losses to FEMA, so they should bring copies of invoices for work performed, rental receipts, receipts for property loss. Also copies of social security cards, forms of identification, titles to property, cars and mobile homes to the extent possible should be provided.”

If residents do not have actual documents, they can call Catholic Charities at 523-3028 for assistance in document recovery.

In addition to FEMA, several other agencies will be available to determine if they can assist residents affected by the fires. Representatives of the Cleveland County Long Term Recovery Committee, Catholic Charities and Saint Vincent de Paul will be available to assist people in a long-term recovery plan and in addressing unmet needs not covered by FEMA or other agencies.

For more information, call Catholic Charities at 523-3028.

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