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Pickens one of six disaster recovery centers to close Thursday

ATLANTA - Six Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, disaster officials announced today. These include Pickens County with its FEMA and GEMA center located directly behind county admin building at 1266 East Church Street.

A spokesman from FEMA/GEMA said residents who were affected by the storm here can still apply for federal assistance later, but it won't be as easy as just walking into a local building.

Applicants with questions may still call the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free helpline and access information via the Internet and mobile devices.  They may also visit any of the DRCs that continue to operate after Thursday.

"The number of registrations from these counties has declined, and we feel that the majority of those needing assistance have taken advantage of these centers' services," said Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech. "FEMA and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency keep DRCs open for as long as needed in each location."

These centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until May 19

"Anyone who registers for disaster assistance may access necessary information through FEMA,"

State Coordinating Officer Charley English said. "This help is available from representatives staffing the helpline service and Internet sites."

Anyone needing further help and answers to their questions may call FEMA's toll-free helpline, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Individuals with speech or hearing disabilities may call TTY 1-800-462-7585 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  Help is also available by going online to as well as by using mobile devices and going to,

24 hours a day.


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