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FEMA Media Advisory

June 16, 2022

DR-4652-NM MA-012 FEMA News Desk: 9


Media Advisory

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Will be Closed June 20

SANTA FE, N.M. –FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in New Mexico will be closed Monday, June 20, in observation of the Juneteenth federal holiday, which commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. All centers will resume normal operation Tuesday, June 21 (please see chart below for hours of operation). FEMA DRCs enable residents to speak directly with specialists about the disaster assistance application process.

The centers are located at:

San Miguel


Mora County

Valencia County

Old Memorial Middle School

947 Legion Drive

Las Vegas, NM 87701

VFW Post 1131

2825 NM Hwy 518 (

mile marker 28.5)

Mora, NM 87732

Jarales Community Center

426 Jarales Road

Belen, NM 87002

All DRCs are ope

n Monday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sundays.

In addition to FEMA specialists, recovery experts from the state and nonprofit organizations may also be available at

a DRC to address questions and additional needs. Residents can visit any DRC to get help with their disaster assistance applications, upload documents and get answers regarding federal disaster assistance. For a complete list of DRCs in New Mexico, visit the DRC locator page at

No appointments are necessary. All centers are closed Sundays. If it is not possible to visit the DRC or to apply online, call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362. Specialists are available to take calls from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

However, if you don’t need to talk with a specialist, the fastest and easiest way to apply for disaster assistance is online at

To address many of the common myths and rumors during the New Mexico wildfires, FEMA activated a rumor/myth webpage. You can access it online at

For the latest information on the wildfires, visit Follow us on Twitter at and like us on Facebook at

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discrimin

ated against, call FEMA toll-free at 833-285-7448. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

The U.S. Small Business Administration is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. TTY users may also call 800-877-8339. Applicants may also email or visit SBA at


Laura Forbes


FEMA External Affairs | Governmental Affairs

American Sign Language

Mobile: (202) 705-9500

Federal Emergency Management Agency

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Jun 17, 2022

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