THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- The federal/state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located on the 4th floor of the Camilla City Hall at 30 East Broad Street will change its Saturday hours of operation to 8 AM to 5 PM until further notice. The DRC is closed on Sundays. Weekday hours of operation remain 8 AM - 7 PM. No appointment is necessary to visit the center.
The center, staffed by state and federal disaster specialists, is intended to help individuals who have already called the application hotline at 1-800-462-9029 to register for assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments who use special keyboard equipment (TTY) should call toll-free 1-800-462-7585.
Center staff will provide information on available programs, including housing assistance, rental resources, Small Business Administration low-interest loan applications, business loans, tax questions arising from the disaster, mitigation and other disaster-related issues. The staff also helps tornado victims determine the status of applications already filed.
"More than 600 individuals have come to the DRC since it opened during the first week of recovery operations," said Tom Davies, federal coordinating officer overseeing the joint recovery effort. "This is another way of showing that we understand the tremendous disruption a disaster can cause and our commitment to help individuals throughout the recovery process," said Davies.
Gary W. McConnell, director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) said that the recovery center provided a chance for tornado survivors to meet face-to-face with recovery specialists. "We want people to know that we're prepared to try to meet any unmet needs and answer any lingering questions about available programs," said McConnell.
Officials say that after registering, applicants should bring their registration number as well as their social security numbers when visiting the disaster center.