Liberty And Walton Counties? Disaster Recovery Centers To Close Tuesday; Help Still Available

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Release date: 
May 9, 2009
Release Number: 
1831-020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Liberty and Walton counties will close at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Although the centers are closing, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) want survivors of the recent storms to know they can still register for assistance and get help with the FEMA application process.

It's not mandatory to go to a DRC, but those who suffered damages or losses due to the storms and flooding that began March 26 are urged to visit any open DRC or call FEMA's toll-free registration and Helpline telephone number for assistance. Register for FEMA aid at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for those with a speech- or hearing-impairment. Representatives are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Those with Internet access can register with FEMA or check their application status online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

The remaining DRCs will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, including this Sunday, Mother's Day, until further notice.

DE FUNIAK AND HOSFORD DRCs CLOSING AT 6 P.M. TUESDAY, MAY 12:

LIBERTY COUNTY
Liberty County Fire Hall
17081 State Rd. 65
Hosford, FL 32334

WALTON COUNTY
Walton County Training Bldg.
552 Walton Rd.
De Funiak Springs, FL 32433

SEVEN DRCs WILL REMAIN OPEN AND SERVING THE 14 DESIGNATED COUNTIES:

DIXIE COUNTY
Old Town United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
25633 SE Hwy 19
Old Town, FL 32680

HAMILTON COUNTY
Jasper Civic Center
1129 4th Street NW
Jasper, FL 32052

JACKSON COUNTY
Agricultural Center
3631 Hwy. 90
Marianna, FL 32446

LAFAYETTE COUNTY
Mayo Community Center
150 SW Community Circle
Mayo, FL 32066

MADISON COUNTY
Lee First Baptist Church
8157 E. Highway 90
Lee, FL 32059

SUWANNEE COUNTY
Suwannee Emergency Operations Center
617 Ontario Ave. SW, Suite 200
Live Oak, FL 32064

SUWANNEE COUNTY
Hatch Park Community Center
403 SE Craven St.
Branford,  FL 32088

Storm survivors who visit the centers may apply for assistance, check the status of an existing FEMA application and get additional information about resources available to eligible applicants. The centers are staffed with specialists from FEMA, SERT, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and a variety of disaster-recovery representatives from local and volunteer agencies. They have access to important resources and can help individuals on the road to recovery.

The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and certain private non-profit organizations. These loans are to repair or replace homes, businesses and personal property not covered by insurance and damaged by the severe storms in Florida. 

SBA representatives will be on hand at the DRCs to meet with individuals and business owners to answer any questions about SBA's disaster loan program, help them complete their SBA disaster loan application and accept completed applications. Anyone not able to go to a DRC should call the SBA Customer Service Center from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT Saturday. Information and assistance can also be found online at http://www.sba.gov...

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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