TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Levy County will permanently close at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21, but those who suffered damages due to the storms and flooding between March 26 and May 5 can still get the help they need.
Disaster survivors may call the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free registration and Helpline to apply for assistance or discuss the status of a 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.
DRC CLOSING AT 6 P.M. THURSDAY, MAY 21:
Fowlers Bluff Volunteer Fire Rescue
4591 Northwest County Road 347
Fowlers Bluff, FL 32629
It is not mandatory to go to a DRC, but to find out where open recovery centers are located contact a local emergency manager's office. 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, the State Emergency Response Team, 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.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.