ATLANTA, Ga. — A Disaster Recovery Center is opening Saturday, Oct. 20, in Dougherty County to help residents through the assistance process after damage and losses suffered during Hurricane Michael.
Representatives from the State of Georgia, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are at the center to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.
The following location will be serving as a Disaster Recovery Center:
Dougherty County Schools Technology Office
300 Cason St.
Albany, GA 31705
Hours of operation at the center are:
Mon – Sat.: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive federal disaster assistance. To be eligible for federal aid under FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program, damage must have occurred because of Hurricane Michael on October 8, 2018, and continuing.
If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Residents in Baker, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas and Worth counties, can register for assistance by the following methods:
- The quickest way to apply for federal assistance is online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Survivors may also apply by phone at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY).
- The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week.
Disaster Recovery Centers are also open in Early, Miller and Seminole counties. To find the nearest location, use the FEMA Mobile app or visit www.FEMA.gov/DRC.
FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.