Apply, Apply, Apply! FEMA Center Open

By Marj Frew

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s mobile Disaster Recovery Center is located at the Activity Center at Martin Grade School from Wednesday, June 26, until Saturday, June 29. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

According to Edwin Pabon, D.R.C. Manager, “The most important step now is to come and apply. We are providing the service for all the applicants that have been affected by the previous spring disaster.” 

“Our program is very basic. They don’t need to apply here, they can apply at home through our websites.”

“Once they submit their application, and they want to find out more details about their application process, they can come here and we can help them. We have the ability to review their files and help them save time.”

“We will be providing them the service to review their file and assist them to answer any questions they might have about the program.”

“Once you do your application, they will send an inspector to assess your damages.” 

“That doesn’t occur unless you apply. So the most important thing is to apply. We can help with that.” 

“We are ready to go! We hope the local people will come in to take advantage of our services.”

Other services for personal or business needs are provided by representatives from the state, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration, and other organizations to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs.

 According to FEMA, there are several ways to register:

· Go online to or (for Spanish).

· Use the FEMA mobile app in English or Spanish.

· Call the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) anytime from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.

Registration for FEMA Disaster Assistance ends August 6.

502 Second Avenue, Martin, SD 57551 • 605-685-6866 •