ORLANDO, Fla. -- A Disaster Recovery Center will open Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Starke to help Bradford County homeowners, renters and businesses affected by Tropical Storm Fay, recovery officials announced.
The recovery center will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until further notice at:
Bradford County Safety Complex
945-B North Temple Ave.
Starke, FL 32091
Bradford was one of four counties added this week to the major disaster declaration of Aug. 24, making federal funds available to specific counties affected by Tropical Storm Fay.
The recovery will be staffed with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State Emergency Response Team (SERT) disaster recovery specialists, and representatives from voluntary agencies. They will help survivors through the process of applying for disaster assistance.
Applicants should register by calling FEMA, toll free, at 800-621-FEMA (3362). The hard of hearing, deaf and speech impaired may call the TTY number at 800-462-7585 and apply. Multilingual operators are available. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 a.m. to midnight daily until further notice. Application for disaster assistance can also be made by registering online at www.fema.gov.
At a recovery center, people who have already registered can have FEMA disaster recovery specialists check on their case, answer questions about their application, or obtain information FEMA needs to process their application. Recovery specialists can also supply contacts for other programs that may be able to help.
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations. These loans are to repair or replace homes, businesses and personal property not covered by insurance and damaged by Tropical Storm Fay.
SBA representatives will be on hand at the recovery center to answer questions about SBA's disaster loan program, help them complete their SBA disaster loan application and accept the completed disaster loan applications. Anyone not able to go to a recovery center should call the SBA Customer Service Center from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday, and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 800-659-2955 for information and assistance or visit the SBA website at www.sba.gov.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.