Disaster Recovery Center opening in Cleveland for Imelda victims

A Disaster Recovery Center will open Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Cleveland to help disaster survivors affected by Tropical Storm Imelda.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration, state and federal 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 Center location and hours are: Cleveland Senior Citizens Organization, 220 Peach Ave., Cleveland, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week (until further notice).

Texas homeowners, renters and business owners in Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Orange and San Jacinto 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 1-800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages and phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Survivors who plan to register with FEMA at a DRC should have the following information:

  • Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged primary residence
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • A current contact telephone number
  • An address where they can receive mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

Low-interest disaster loans from SBA are also available to businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to cover residential and business losses as a result of the disaster. Applicants can visit the DRC for one-on-one assistance, visit www.SBA.gov/disaster or call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955.


  1. My grandson and family,they lost everything but they are told their not eligible,how can they say that,this was a disaster and declared one,everyone who lost everything should be

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