EAST PEORIA, Ill -- FEMA opens a disaster recovery center for all Tazewell County residents affected by the tornadoes.
The center is located at the Festival of Lights building in East Peoria. It will be open seven days a week.
FEMA staff are there to help residents fill out requests for disaster assistance, and provide information about other disaster programs.
"There are options available to them beyond their insurance company and so FEMA can come in with your tax dollars and help them rebuild their lives," Deanna Frazier, FEMA Spokeswoman said. "And so we want people to know the federal government is here to help them get back on their feet, get back into their homes and rebuild their lives stronger than they were before the storm rolled through."
FEMA officials say so far they have doled out $800,000 to nearly 150 affected homeowners. Those who use direct deposit could get their money in a week to ten days.