Alaskans on the Kenai Peninsula have a new option for earthquake assistance this week. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration, along with other government agencies, are staffing a new disaster recovery center.

The temporary disaster recovery center is located at the Soldotna United Methodist Church in Soldotna. It's at 158 South Binkley Street, a press release from the agency said Saturday.

Representatives are there to offer one-on-one help in several different areas, including helping residents register for FEMA's Individual Assistance program, complete paperwork, check the status of applications and appeal FEMA eligibility decisions.

Representatives will also help those who need it apply for the SBA's low-interest disaster loans for businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters.

All disaster recovery centers are physically accessible and offer effective communication options including captioned phones, Video Remote Interpreting, American Sign Language interpreters upon request and assistive listening devices, the release stated.

If you need an accommodation or assistance due to a disability, notify FEMA staff at the time of registration or anytime during the assistance process.

The center will only be open for this week, March 4-9, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Applications are also being taken online at www.disasterassistance.gov, as well as FEMA's registration number at 800-621-3362. The federal application deadline is April 1.

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