Miami, FL --Citing early success in assisting disaster victims at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), federal and state emergency officials announced that they would close the Center, located at the Caleb Center in Liberty City, at the end of the day on Wednesday, May 21.
"We were extremely gratified by the activity at the DRC during the initial period of the post disaster recovery," stated Justo Hernandez, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "We believe the representatives assisting at the DRC have responded to the applicants' needs effectively and swiftly," he said. His agency, along with officials of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, made the joint decision to close the DRC at this time.
Deputy State Coordinating Officer Charles Speights explained that there has been a sharp decline in the number of applicants visiting the DRC, and it is time to reallocate those resources to better serve all applicants' needs.
Both officials explained that FEMA's popular Helpline is available to the victims of the March 27 storms and tornadoes by dialing the toll free number at 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- and hearing- impaired. Applicants are encouraged to call with questions about disaster recovery programs or about the status of their applications.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that although the DRC is closing on May 21, they would convert their present office to an SBA Workshop effective May 22. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until further notice. The office will be closed on weekends.