New Hours Announced For Florida Disaster Recovery Centers

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December 28, 2005
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) operating in South Florida will no longer be open weekends. Normal hours for the centers are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice, according to the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Florida State Emergency Response Team (SERT).

In addition, the DRC located at the Career & Service Center in Immokalee in Collier County will cease operations at the close of business on Friday, Dec. 30. To date, this DRC had served more than 1,900 residents.

Disaster Recovery Centers offer many types of recovery information and provide a single location where people are able to talk face-to-face with disaster recovery specialists. No cash, checks, debit cards or vouchers are distributed at DRCs. Visitors can receive help filling out disaster loan applications from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) or check on the status of their disaster assistance application.

To apply for federal disaster assistance, residents must first register with FEMA. There are two ways to register: log on to or call FEMA's toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those with speech or hearing impairment. Both numbers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice. The final day to apply for assistance is Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006.

Eight weeks after 13 Florida counties were designated for Individual Assistance under President Bush's disaster declaration of Oct. 24, DRCs across the affected area had served more than 126,000 residents.

Disaster Recovery Center locations that will continue to operate are:

Broward County
Old City Hall Annex
300 NW 1st Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Broward County
University Park Plaza
3424 S University Drive
Davie, FL 33328
Broward County
Old Miramar City Hall
6700 Miramar Parkway
Miramar, FL 33023
Broward County
Dania Beach City Hall
100 W Dania Beach Blvd.
Dania Beach, FL 33304
Broward County
Toys "R" Us Parking Lot
8109 Broward Blvd.
Plantation, FL 33324
Broward County
Festival Flea Market
2900 NW 29th St.
Pompano Beach, FL 33064
Collier County
Golden Gate Community Center
4701 Goldengate Parkway
Naples, FL 34116
Collier County
Naples Depot
1051 5th Ave. S
Naples, FL 34102
Hendry County
Harlem Community Center
2000 7th Street
Clewiston, FL 33440
Lee County
Bonita Springs Community Center
27381 Old U.S. 41 Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Miami-Dade County
JJ Dessalines Community Center
8325 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33138
Miami-Dade County
South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211 St.
Miami, FL 33189
Miami-Dade County
Caleb Center
5400 NW 22nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33142
Miami-Dade County
Uleta Park Community Center
16880 NE 4th Ave.
N. Miami Beach, FL 33162
Miami-Dade County
Landmark Properties
20000 NW 47th Ave.
Opa Locka, FL 33055
Monroe Cou...
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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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