For immediate release: Jun 26, 2008
Posted by: [GOV]
Contact: Jane Jankowski
Phone: 317/232-1622

Most one-stop disaster assistance centers to transfer services

INDIANAPOLIS (June 26, 2008) - The state will continue efforts to assist victims of recent severe storms but is beginning to close the one-stop disaster assistance centers that were opened within days of flooding and tornadoes in the central and southwestern areas of the state from May 30 to June 7.

Centers in Bartholomew, Johnson, Knox, Shelby and Vigo will remain open through Saturday (June 28) at 7 p.m. Thereafter, storm victims may receive assistance at Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) Division of Family Resources offices in the respective counties.

The state disaster center in Brown County will close today and the Marion County location at the Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFÉ) will be open for its final day Friday until 7 p.m.  Help will be available after these days at the local Division of Family Resources offices.

Many people continue to use the one-stop assistance centers in Morgan and Owen counties and both will continue on there Monday through Saturday schedules until further notice.

"We are very thankful to our community partners at the American Red Cross and Salvation Army for everything they have done, as well as to school corporations and other groups that have opened their buildings for us to use," said Governor Mitch Daniels. "Our work is by no means complete, but we are well on our way to recovery."

For the first time, the state created the centers by bringing together teams from the state Department of Health, Workforce Development, FSSA, Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), Department of Insurance, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Technology to offer state services to storm victims in one place. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Red Cross and Salvation Army also have offered services in the same locations.

"Thousands of Indiana citizens are well on their way to recovery because of the unique cooperation between the state of Indiana and the FEMA one-stop shops for disaster victims," said Mike Smith, FEMA's federal coordinating officer for Indiana.  "This commitment shows the willingness of the state to do whatever it takes to help its citizens recover and is to be commended and emulated."

At the centers:

"State employees remain committed to continuing our relief efforts until everyone who needs disaster assistance receives it," said FSSA Secretary Mitch Roob, who has spearheaded the state's effort. "By moving support centers to our permanent county offices, we will ensure there is a constant avenue for Hoosiers to get the assistance they may continue to need."

Storm victims may continue to receive assistance at FSSA Division of Family Resources offices. Offices are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted. Here are the locations of those offices in the affected counties:

Bartholomew

Bartholomew County Division of Family Resources
1531 13th St., Ste 2700
Columbus

(812) 376-9361

Brown

Brown County Division of Family Resources

121 Locust Lane
Nashville

(812) 988-2239

Johnson

Johnson County Division of Family Resources
1784 E Jefferson St
Franklin

(317) 738-0301

Knox
Knox County Division of Family Resources
1001 Washington Avenue
Vincennes
(765) 668-5352

Marion
Marion County Division of Family Resources (note several locations)
720 Kingsway Drive
Indianapolis

(317) 202-6400

3500 Lafayette Road
Indianapolis

(317) 329-1571

3524 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis

(317) 931-2920

863 Massachusetts Avenue
Indianapolis

(317) 233-3328

Morgan  -- state one-stop center

Poston Road Elementary School

139 East Poston Road

Martinsville

Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Owen - state one-stop center

Spencer Elementary School

151 Hillside Ave.

Spencer

Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Shelby
Shelby County Division of Family Resources
2565 Parkway Dr, Suite 2
Shelbyville

(317) 392-5040

Vigo
Vigo County Division of Family Resources
43L Meadows Shopping Center
Terre Haute, IN 47803
(765) 668-5358

Assistance also is available at the Indiana Storm Helpline at 1-888-880-3749 or at: http://www.emergency.in.gov/.

 

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