Dixie And Lafayette Counties' Disaster Recovery Centers Closing

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Release date: 
May 14, 2009
Release Number: 
1831-028

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Dixie and Lafayette counties will close permanently at 6 p.m. Friday, May 15, but disaster help is still available to homeowners, renters and businesses in north Florida.

It's not mandatory to go to a DRC, but survivors of the storms and flooding between March 26 and May 5 may visit any of the six remaining DRCs, or call the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free registration and Helpline to register or discuss the status of their FEMA application. Call FEMA 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. Applications can also be completed and the status of any pending applications checked online at www.disasterassistance.gov.  

DRCs CLOSING AT 6 P.M. FRIDAY, MAY 15:

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

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

SIX DRCs WILL CONTINUE SERVING THOSE IN THE 17 DESIGNATED COUNTIES:

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

JACKSON COUNTY
Agricultural Center
3631 Hwy 90
Marianna, FL 32446

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

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

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

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

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

It is recommended that homeowners and renters register with FEMA before going to a DRC. However, while there visitors 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.

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 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 toll-free at 800-659-2955 for information and assistance or visit the SBA website at http://www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance http://www.sba....

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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