COUNTY OFFERS RURAL AREAS BILINGUAL FLOOD-RECOVERY ASSISTANCE

COUNTY OFFERS RURAL AREAS BILINGUAL FLOOD-RECOVERY ASSISTANCE

Flood-recovery assistance is being offered throughout Doña Ana County, as required by the Small Business Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Staff from the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department and volunteers from the AmeriCorps VISTAS program will be on hand in eight communities to support FEMA registration services for flood-affected residents throughout the county through Sept. 30. The registration process determines eligibility for a variety of disaster-recovery programs. Residents who do not register will not be eligible for these programs. The basic requirement for registration is that at least one resident of each affected dwelling must have a Social Security number. The resident may be a child.

The following sites offering bilingual assistance will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday through Sept. 30: Anthony, 625 Acosta Road, (505) 882-1932; Chaparral, 190 County Line Road, (505) 824-4173; Doña Ana, 5745 Ledesma Drive, (505) 526-8807 or 635-7704; Organ, 5880 Second St., (505) 373-1923; Radium Springs, 12060 Lindbeck Rd., (505) 523-8650; Rincon, 220 Baker St., (505) 267-0035; and Vado/Del Cerro, 180 La Fe Ave., (505) 233-0946.

Sunland Park residents may visit the Child and Family Development Department, 1000 McNutt Rd., Suite 8, (505) 589-6927. Assistance will be available at that location from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hatch residents continue to be served at the Ben Archer Health Center promotora program housed at 1600 Thorpe Road, (505) 267-4553, or they may call Cora Palomino at (505) 635-7705.

Affected residents who register with FEMA are receiving follow-up inspection visits within 72 hours. Written notices are generally processed in less than a week.

All residents who had damage or other loss due to recent storms are strongly encouraged to register with FEMA to determine if they are eligible for assistance. Residents can also register for FEMA assistance by going to the FEMA Website at www.fema.gov <http://www.fema.gov> or by calling toll fee at 1(800) 621-3362. Bilingual operators are available.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.