Miami, FL -- Residents living in the Miami-Dade County area who applied for assistance because of damages from the severe storms and tornadoes that hit the area on March 27, may still be waiting to have their homes inspected by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inspectors.
If you registered with FEMA but haven't had your damages inspected yet, call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 to inquire about the inspection or with other questions concerning your application for disaster assistance. The number to call for people with speech or hearing impairments is 1-800-462-7585.
Recovery officials remind residents that the only damages eligible for consideration are those directly related to the March 27 storms and tornadoes. Those damages will be inspected once the application process is completed.
Officials also note that applicants can visit the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located at the Caleb Center, 3rd Floor, 5400 NW 22nd Ave. in Liberty City for assistance. The center will be open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until May 21. The DRC will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21.
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.
To report fraud, waste or abuse of FEMA programs call toll free 1-800-323-8603.