Tallahassee, Florida- July 18, 2012
All disaster recovery centers open in Florida to assist Tropical Storm Debby survivors will have new Sunday operating hours beginning Sunday, July 22. The centers will now open at noon and close at 6 p.m. on Sundays. Hours will remain 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Representatives from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U. S. Small Business Administration and other agencies are at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.
If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with storm or flooding 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 open 7 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.
Anyone who sustained damage in any of the 22 Florida counties designated for federal individual disaster assistance can visit any disaster recovery center. Find the nearest center by either calling
800-621-FEMA or visiting www.FEMA.gov/DRCLocator.
Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property loss and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.
Low-interest disaster loans from the SBA are also available to help with residential and business losses not covered by insurance. Survivors and businesses may apply online at SBA's secure website https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela; or 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.
Disaster recovery center locations are as follows:
Apartment No. 1 (across the street from Christian Fellowship Temple)
337 N. 7th St.
Macclenny, FL 32063
(open through Saturday, July 21)
Bradford County Senior Center
1805 N. Temple Ave.
Starke, FL 32091
Clay County (open through Saturday, July 21)
Clay County Fairgrounds, Exhibition No. 1
2497 State Road 16 W.
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
Westfield Shopping Center
484 SW Commerce Drive
Lake City, FL 32055
Johnnie Walker Community Center
2500 W. 20th St.
Jacksonville, FL 32209
Franklin Community Service Center
(old Apalachicola High School)
192 14th St.
Apalachicola, FL 32320
Hernando County Mining
800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd.
Brooksville, FL 34601
(open through Saturday, July 21)
Highlands Agricultural Center
4509 George Blvd.
Sebring, FL 33875
Manatee County Convention Center
1 Haben Blvd.
Palmetto, FL 34221
Nassau County Emergency Operations Center
(across the street from Nassau County Courthouse)
77150 Citizens Circle
Yulee, FL 32097
Trouble Creek Square (shopping center)
4444 Grand Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL 34652
Park Station, Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce
5851 Park Blvd.
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Suwannee Coliseum, Exhibition No. 2
1302 11th St. SW
Live Oak, FL 32064
Wakulla Agricultural Center
84 Cedar Ave.
Crawfordville, FL 32327
For more information on Florida's disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov or www.floridadisaster.org. On Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/FloridaSERT. To receive Twitter updates: twitter.com/FLSERT or www.twitter.com/femaregion4.
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). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
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.