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FEMA opens Disaster Recovery Center in Marshalltown

T-R photos by Thomas Nelson —The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA has opened a disaster recovery center in Marshalltown. The center will open Tuesday at 9 a.m.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA has opened a disaster recovery center in Marshalltown.

The center will open on at 9 a.m. on Tuesday with the goal of giving victims of the Aug. 10 derecho assistance. There are $3.6 million worth of grants available to people who had damage to their homes or properties that insurance will not cover.

“Many people have already registered with FEMA for disaster assistance across the 11 counties that have already been approved for individual assistance,” John Mills, FEMA spokesperson said. “By law, FEMA is not allowed to duplicate insurance payments.”

More than 1,060 people impacted by the derecho have already registered with FEMA.

The center will offer drive-through service because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are located at the Southgate Plaza behind the Marshalltown VA Clinic. They ask that people go by Fashion Nails to enter the drive-through.

John Mills, FEMA spokesperson, shows the drive-through area people will be able to use. The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA has opened a disaster recovery center in Marshalltown.

People can also call 800-621-3362 to register for assistance.

“That’s the number you can call to register, but you can also ask questions,” Mills said. “If you have questions about what documentation is needed, what’s the status of your case, I would suggest people call first.”

The center is open to help people who do not have internet access. Many people with derecho damage have not gotten internet access yet.

This is the second FEMA location. The other is in Cedar Rapids.

Residents from across Iowa are welcome at the center.

FEMA workers in Marshalltown will be assisting victims of the Aug. 10 derecho. The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA has opened a disaster recovery center in Marshalltown.

“If you live in Tama and you want to meet with FEMA you’re more than welcome to come here,” Mills said. “Before you drive here please register online.”

Applicants do not have to visit a center to submit documents to FEMA-they can mail, fax or submit them online at DisasterAssistance.gov as well.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 101 Iowa Ave. W. The center will only be opened for a limited time and is staffed with FEMA workers.

Applicants must wear face masks and will remain in their cars. Documents can be handed to FEMA personnel, who will also wear face masks or other appropriate face covering and protective equipment.

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Contact Thomas Nelson at 641-753-6611 or tnelson@timesrepublican.com

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