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FEMA Opens a Disaster Recovery Center in Bettendorf

The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located at 950 Rockford Rd. SW in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020.
The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located at 950 Rockford Rd. SW in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020.(Aaron Hosman)
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 1:56 PM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - A Disaster Recovery Center will open in Bettendorf on Thursday, September 17, to give survivors from the August 10 derecho options to submit documents for their disaster assistance application.

FEMA has adapted to the realities of responding during the COVID-19 pandemic to serve Iowans while protecting their safety and that of FEMA employees. The DRC will not operate in a traditional fashion. The center will offer drive-through service. Survivors are asked to stay in their vehicles when visiting.

The DRC will be located at The Community Civic Center in Bettendorf at 2204 Grant Street. Visitors are asked to enter at the rear parking lot at 22nd Street and Mississippi Blvd.

DRC hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed on Sundays. The DRC will be open for a limited time and is staffed with FEMA personnel who can scan documents and quickly answer questions about disaster assistance programs.

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.

Survivors who have already registered with FEMA and have been asked to provide additional documentation should read their FEMA letter carefully and make sure they have everything they need when they arrive at the DRC.

All applicants and FEMA personnel will follow current state and local COVID-19 safety requirements. Applicants must wear face masks and will remain in their cars as they hand their documents to FEMA personnel, who will be wearing face masks (or other appropriate face covering) and protective equipment. FEMA staff will take the documents, scan them and return them to the applicants.

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