Recovery News: FEMA to open recovery center at Snyder

With few east Biloxi buildings large enough to provide sufficient space to house a Disaster Recovery Center, FEMA has been forced to open its Biloxi office at
the Donal Snyder Sr. Community Center on Pass Road, and the City of Biloxi and Coast Transit Authority have established free shuttle service for east Biloxi
residents to travel to the center.

FEMA hopes to operate the Disaster Recovery Center, or DRC, daily from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. initially and may expand hours as needed.
“We realize that the majority of the destruction has been on the east end of town,” Mayor A.J. Holloway said, “and that’s exactly what made it difficult to find
suitable space on that end of town.

“However, Coast Transit has established shuttle service for residents that will allow them a way to get to this center, and FEMA
officials have promised to expand hours as long as necessary to meet the high demand that we certainly will have.”

A DRC is a facility established in or in close proximity to a community affected by the disaster where persons can meet face-to-face with represented federal,
state, local, and volunteer agencies.

Among the objectives:

• Discuss their disaster-related needs

• Obtain information about disaster assistance programs

• Teleregister for assistance

• Update registration information

• Learn about measures for rebuilding that can eliminate or reduce the risk of future loss

• Learn how to complete the SBA loan application

• Request the status of their application for Assistance to Individuals and Households

Residents also may register by phone by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (hearing/speech impaired ONLY – Call TTY: 1-800-462-7585). If you get a busy signal,
calling after 10 p.m. or on the weekends when fewer people are trying to call.

When you apply you should have a pen and paper available to write down important phone contacts. You will need your social security number, current and pre-disaster
address, phone numbers, type of insurance coverage, total household annual income, and a routing and account number from your bank if you want to have
disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account.

Free shuttle to FEMA site offered by CTA

Coast Transit buses operate
every 20 minutes on Route 31,
which covers Oak, Division and
Main streets, along Bayview and
Forest Avenues. Service begins at 7 a.m.

Route 31 also links with Route
34 at the former Amtrak platform
between Reynoir and Caillavet
streets, where riders will find a bus
every 35 minutes that can provide
service to west Biloxi, along Irish
Hill, Pass Road and all the way to
Debuys Road.

The downtown stop at the
Amtrak platform also links to bus
service in D’Iberville, and the
DeBuys Road stop connects to
service in Gulfport.

Coast Transit is providing these
routes as a free public service to
help residents in the storm recovery.