ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located at Midway Plaza in Gulf Breeze will end operations at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, after serving more than 2,500 disaster victims in nine weeks. The recovery center had opened its doors within 48 hours of President Bush’s disaster declaration on July 10 in response to the damages left behind by Hurricane Dennis.
So far, a total of 19,143 people have visited the recovery centers in the disaster-affected area to receive information about disaster assistance and taking steps to lessen damages in future disasters. Individuals and business owners visiting the centers also received help from U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) representatives in filling out disaster loan applications.
Disaster assistance for Hurricane Dennis victims has reached a total of $20.8 million in grants for temporary housing, repairs and other needs assistance. SBA has approved $16.8 million in low-interest disaster loans. So far, $44.3 million has been approved in public assistance grants to local governments for emergency protective services, debris removal and infrastructure repair.
Applicants who may still require DRC services can get continuing help in three ways:
- Visiting any one of the three Panhandle centers that remain open (see below).
- Going online to www.fema.gov.
- Calling the FEMA telephone Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY number at 1 800 462 7585 for those who are speech- or hearing-impaired. (Due to the abundance of calls from Hurricane Katrina victims, callers may get faster service during nighttime or early morning hours.)
Operating hours at the recovery centers are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, until further notice.
Area Field Office DRC
33 Brent Lane
Pensacola, FL 32503
CVS Pharmacy DRC
348 Racetrack Road
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548
Santa Rosa County
Office Building DRC
6495 Caroline Street (Hwy 90)
Milton, FL 32570