Thursday, September 11, 2008

Disaster Recovery Centers Opened

From Senator Bill Nelson:

September 4, 2008

Dear Floridian:

Sadly, a number of Floridians lost loved ones during Tropical Storm Fay, and many others sustained injuries or property damage. I wanted to take a minute to let you know where you and your neighbors can turn for help.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced individuals and families in Brevard, Duval, Hendry, Lee, Leon, Okeechobee, Seminole, St. Lucie, Volusia, and Wakulla counties who sustained uninsured or underinsured losses as a result of Tropical Storm Fay are eligible for individual assistance.

FEMA's assistance program can help eligible applicants with serious unmet needs including temporary housing assistance, uninsured personal property, and medical, dental, and funeral expenses caused by the storm. Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration also are available to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes in the designated counties.

To apply for individual assistance, call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). FEMA operators are available 7 a.m. to midnight local time, seven days a week, until further notice. If you experience problems reaching FEMA, please try calling them early in the morning or late in the evening. Or, you can use this link to apply for assistance online:

Disaster Recovery Centers Opened
FEMA has opened Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to expedite service once you have registered for assistance. Officials suggest you bring your identification, social security numbers, insurance information, proof of address, contact phone numbers as well as your special FEMA application number to one of the below centers which are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until further notice.

Brevard County
Agricultural Center
3695 Lake Drive
Cocoa, FL 32901

Near Lamplighter Village
505 N. Jones Rodes Blvd
Melbourne, FL 32904

Grant Street Community Center
2547 Grant Street
Melbourne, FL 32901

Hendry County
(will close permanently at 6 p.m. Saturday, September 6)
Harlem Civic Center
2000 7th Street
Clewiston, FL 33440

Labelle Rodeo Grounds
100 Rodeo Street
Labelle, FL 33935

Okeechobee County
(will close permanently at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 4)
Across from County Courthouse
304 N.W. 2nd Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972

St. Lucie County
St. Lucie Logistics Center
3855 South U.S. Hwy 1
Fort Pierce, FL 34945

Seminole County
Reflections at Hidden Lake
520 W. Lake Mary Blvd.
Suite 101
Sanford, LF 32773

Volusia County
Wal-Mart parking lot
2400 Veterans Memorial Parkway
Orange City, FL 32763


Bill Nelson
U.S. Senator

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