ORLANDO, Fla. -- FEMA and Florida officials will continue to provide one-on-one assistance at two Panhandle Disaster Recovery Centers on a new Monday through Saturday schedule.
The centers – located at the CVS Pharmacy, 348 Racetrack Road, Ft. Walton Beach, and the County Administrator Office Building, 6495 Caroline St., Milton – will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice.
Florida officials have set the same hours for the One-Stop Joint Assistance Center at Town and Country Plaza, 3300 N. Pace Blvd., Suite 245, Pensacola, available as a resource for Floridians and evacuees from neighboring states.
Disaster assistance information is available at any time by going online to www.fema.gov.
Those who already have registered for assistance can call the FEMA toll-free Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585 for callers with speech or hearing impairments.
So far, more than 31,800 people have visited the recovery centers in the disaster-affected area to learn about disaster assistance and how they can take 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 low-interest disaster loan applications.
Disaster assistance for Hurricane Dennis victims has reached a total of $20.9 million in Individual Assistance grants for temporary housing, repairs and other needs assistance. SBA has approved more than $19.5 million in low-interest disaster loans. So far, more than $62.4 million has been approved in Public Assistance grants to local governments for emergency protective services, debris removal and infrastructure repair.