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FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers continue opening in Big Bend counties

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Posted at 12:45 AM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 08:50:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Disaster recovery centers have been opened by Federal Emergency Management Agency in Leon, Franklin and Jackson counties.

The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties designated in the Florida federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael.

New centers have been opened in Tallahassee in Leon County, Carrabelle in Franklin County and Marianna in Jackson County.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management and FEMA will open additional centers in affected counties in the coming days, a FEMA news release said.

Leon County

  • LeRoy Collins Main Library
  • 200 W. Park Ave.
  • Tallahassee, FL 32301
  • Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Franklin County

  • Carrabelle Public Library
  • 311 St. James Ave.
  • Carrabelle, FL 32322
  • Sunday through Saturday, 8am to 7pm local time

Jackson County

  • University Extension Office
  • 2737 Penn Ave.
  • Marianna, FL 32448
  • Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time

Other centers will soon be open in affected areas. Survivors can view locations by using the FEMA mobile app or by visiting FEMA.gov/DRC.

Homeowners, renters and businesses should register for disaster assistance before visiting a recovery center. There are several ways to register:

  • Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov;
  • Call 800-621-3362 (voice/711/VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) anytime from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.

All recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment, such as amplified phones and listening devices for people with hearing loss and magnifiers for people with vision loss.

Video Remote Interpreting is available. In-person American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are available by request. (If possible, please allow 24 hours to schedule an interpreter). The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

Survivors may follow these links to access informational videos in American Sign Language:

Disaster Recovery Centers (ASL): fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/127259

Just ask (ASL): fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111508

FEMA assistance does not impact government benefits (ASL): fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111582

Requesting an interpreter (ASL): fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/172199

Florida homeowners, renters and business owners in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington Counties may apply for disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Michael.