FEMA Moves In

By: Amy Kehm
By: Amy Kehm

Hurricane Isabel Disaster Assistance is closer than ever for those in Augusta County. FEMA set up shop at the Staunton armory Thursday to help local victims. By the afternoon, several applicants took advantage of the new center.

The Disaster Recovery Center's Manager, Fran Drescher, said FEMA has no timetable for leaving. They'll stay as long as they're needed.

"We're here because they've been through a very terrifying experience and may need to talk with someone face to face. And we're here to give them answers. We may not have all the answers, but we're here," said Drescher.

The Staunton center is open Monday - Friday 9 a.m. -- 7 p.m., Saturday. 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. -- 5 p.m. The Small Business Administration and Virginia Employment Commission are also there to help with rebuilding.


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