Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Leon County

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Release date: 
May 13, 2009
Release Number: 
1831-026

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- At noon on Wednesday, May 13, a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open in Leon County for one week to serve north Floridians who suffered damages or losses due to storms and flooding between March 26 and May 5. Disaster-recovery specialists from state and federal agencies will be on-hand to answer questions and provide information about disaster-assistance programs.

DRC OPEN WEDNESDAY, MAY 13 (NOON), THROUGH WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 (6 P.M.):

LEON COUNTY
LeRoy Collins Leon County
Public Library, Program Room A
200 W. Park Ave
Tallahassee, FL 32301

SEVEN DRCs ARE CURRENTLY SERVING THOSE IN THE 17 DESIGNATED COUNTIES:

DIXIE COUNTY
Old Town United Methodist
Church Fellowship Hall
25633 SE Hwy 19
Old Town, FL 32446

JACKSON COUNTY
Agricultural Center
3631 Hwy 90
Marianna, FL 32446

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

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

LAFAYETTE COUNTY
Mayo Community Center
150 SW Community Cr.
Mayo, FL 32066

SUWANNEE COUNTY
Hatch Park Community Center
403 SE Craven St.

Branford, FL 32088DRCs are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Storm survivors who visit the centers may apply for assistance, check the status of an existing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) application and get additional information about resources available to eligible applicants. The centers are staffed with specialists from FEMA, the State Emergency Response Team (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.

Counties in which applicants may be eligible for Individual Assistance from FEMA include: Calhoun, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Wakulla, Walton and Washington counties. Visiting a DRC is not mandatory, but those wishing to do so may go to any center for help.

It is recommended that homeowners and renters register before visiting a DRC. This can be done online at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by calling FEMA's toll-free registration and Helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362), or TTY 800-462-7585 for those with a speech- or hearing-impairment. Multilingual operators are available. Representatives will provide assistance from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week.

Registering for assistance from the American Red Cross is different from registering with FEMA, so those seeking FEMA assistance must call the toll-free telephone number, go to the Web site or visit a DRC.

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 north 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 accep...

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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