The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday announced that it has opened a disaster recovery center in Austin. The Austin Area Disaster Recovery Center, 4905 W. North Ave. at Washington Square (former Old Navy building), opened on Wednesday. Residents will be able to talk directly with disaster specialists there, FEMA says. President Obama on Aug. 19, declared seven Illinois counties, including Cook, a disaster area. Prior to visiting the center, residents who suffered severe flood damage are encouraged to apply for disaster assistance online at; or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or 1-800-462-7585. The numbers are operational from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. The Austin Area center is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Residents inquiring about the center should call either of the two 1-800 numbers.