Recovery

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Mauston, Wis., Extends Stay Three More Days

Representatives from FEMA, Wisconsin Emergency Management, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other state agencies can help explain disaster assistance programs to individuals and businesses affected by the recent flooding.

by Jake Ekdahl, WiscNews / November 8, 2018

(TNS) -The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Mauston will be open three days longer than initially planned. The recovery center was scheduled to be open in the public works building at 1260 North Road in Mauston Nov. 3 to 6, but has been extended to remain open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 7 to 9.

Representatives from FEMA, Wisconsin Emergency Management, the US Small Business Administration and other state agencies can help explain disaster assistance programs to individuals and businesses affected by the recent flooding. They are also available to answer questions and provide information about repairs and rebuilding.

Representatives are available to work with individuals in both English and Spanish said FEMA Media Relations Specialist Carmen Rodriguez Diaz.

“We also have other language assistance,” she said.

FEMA can help displaced individuals with expenses related to living arrangements, Rodriguez Diaz said, such as paying rent or hotel fees for those whose insurance will not cover the cost.

Rodriguez Diaz said the decision to keep the recovery center in Mauston open longer was made due to a high volume of visitors.

“The center was very busy,” Rodriguez Diaz said. “It was necessary to open the center three more days because there are more people coming.”

FEMA urges survivors to register for federal assistance at DisasterAssistance.gov, using the FEMA App, or by calling 800-621-3362. Applicants using 711 or video relay service also may call 800-621-3362. Those using a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

Other FEMA centers in Wisconsin are located at 200 Underwood Avenue in Montello, 212 6th Street in La Crosse, 1375 Main Street in Reedsburg and 2413 Parmenter Street in Middleton.

Affected individuals may access resources at any FEMA recovery center in Wisconsin. They are not required to be residents of the county the recovery center is located in.

You can reach Jake Ekdahl on Twitter @JakeaEkdahl or contact him at 608-697-6353

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