ATLANTA, Ga. -- Two disaster recovery centers are open in Suwannee and Wakulla counties to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by Tropical Storm Debby. They are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.
Representatives from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.
The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:
Suwannee Coliseum Exhibition No. 2
1302 S.W. 11th St.
Live Oak, FL 32064
Wakulla Agricultural Center
84 Cedar Ave.
Crawfordville, FL 32327
If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with storm losses should register with FEMA. There are three ways to apply:
- By calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Help is available in most languages, and lines are open7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.
- Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
- By tablet or smartphone using the FEMA app or m.fema.gov.
Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance and essential home repairs not covered by insurance.
Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are also available to help with residential and business losses not covered by insurance. Survivors and businesses may obtain information on SBA disaster loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing) or online at www.SBA.gov. They may also apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.