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FEMA sets up disaster recovery center in Chattahoochee

FEMA sets up disaster recovery center in Chattahoochee
FEMA sets up disaster recovery center in Chattahoochee
Posted at 4:57 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 16:57:00-05

CHATTAHOOCHEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Six weeks ago today, Hurricane Michael hit parts of Florida and Georgia. 

As residents and businesses recover, FEMA has been on the ground in the Big Bend to make that process as smooth as possible.

A new disaster recovery center opened in Gadsden County Tuesday. 

The roads are clear, but that's just about it.

There's a lot that still needs to be cleaned up. Several power lines are still down, and there's plenty of debris that hasn't been picked up.

But there is good news, the countywide burn ban was lifted Tuesday, and one of the apartment complexes finally got power back the same day. 

That's also when FEMA brought a disaster recovery center to Gadsden, but it won't be there long.

Officials said 92 people stopped by Tuesday to get help with hurricane recovery.

FEMA said it picked Chattahoochee to set up to give residents a more convenient place in between the centers that have been open for several weeks now like in Gretna and Marianna. 

People can get help with housing assistance, support for small businesses, and check on the status of their application for financial aid.

FEMA calls these centers a "one-stop-shop" for help. The staff said if you've received any kind of insurance settlement, bring that with you to help move the process along faster. 

But time is running out. The deadline to apply for disaster assistance is December 10. 

"Don't put off registering if you haven't done so. Don't assume that maybe the folks down the street had more damage and they need the help more than you do and maybe the funds wouldn't be available for a relatively minor damage," said Nate Custer, Public Information Officer for FEMA. "It's open to everybody on a case-by-case basis. We look at just what happened to you." 

The center in Chattahoochee is closed for Thanksgiving, but reopens Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The same hours apply for the weekend, but Sunday will be the final day. 

FEMA will adjust the hours for several centers in the Big Bend. 

See the list below for the location nearest you.

County

Location

Operating Hours/Days

Franklin

Carrabelle Public Library

311 Saint James Avenue Carrabelle, FL 32322

Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed Sundays

Gadsden

Old Gretna Elementary School

706 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Gretna, FL 32332

Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed Sundays

Holmes

Holmes County Agricultural Center

1173 E Hwy 90, Bonifay, FL 32425

Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed Sundays

Leon

LeRoy Collins Main Library

200 W. Park Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed Sundays

Liberty

Veterans Memorial Park

10405 NW Theo Jacobs Way, Bristol, FL 32321

Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed Sundays

Wakulla

Community One Stop

318 Shadeville Hwy., Crawfordville, FL 32327

Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed Sundays

Washington

Washington County AG Center

1424 W. Jackson Avenue, Chipley, FL 32428

Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed Sundays

Bay

Bay County Public Library

898 West 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401

Sun-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Bay

John B. Gore Park

520 Beulah Avenue, Callaway, FL 32404

Sun-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Calhoun

Blountstown Public Library

17731 NE Pear St. Blountstown, FL 32424

Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sun noon to 5 p.m.

Gulf

Port Saint Joe Library

110 Library Drive, Port Saint Joe, FL 32456

Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sun noon to 5 p.m.

Gulf

Wewahitchka Branch Library

314 N. 2nd St. Wewahitchka, FL 32465

Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Sun noon to 5 p.m.

Jackson

University Extension Office

2741 Penn Avenue, Marianna, FL 32448

Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday noon to 5 p.m.