FEMA Disaster Recovery centers open

Florida survivors affected by the recent series of storms, tornadoes and flooding can now visit disaster recovery centers in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties if they have questions about disaster assistance.

The disaster recovery centers will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Center locations are:

Escambia County
Brownsville Community Center
3100 W. DeSoto St.
Pensacola, FL 32505

Santa Rosa County
Gulf Breeze Recreation Center
800 Shoreline Drive
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561

Pensacola State College – Milton Campus
5988 Highway 90
Milton, FL 32583

Specialists from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration will be on hand to answer questions. Survivors will be able to:

• Discuss their individual disaster-related needs.
• Submit any additional documentation needed, such as phone bills or letters from insurance companies.
• Find out the status of an application.
• Obtain information about different types of state and federal assistance.
• Get help from SBA specialists in completing low-interest disaster loan applications for homeowners, renters and business owners.
• Receive referrals to the American Red Cross and other voluntary organizations to help with immediate needs.

Before going to a center, if possible, survivors should register with FEMA. Apply for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov, via smartphone at m.fema.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362. Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability can call (TTY) 800-462-7585.

Disaster assistance may include money to help pay for temporary housing and essential home repairs. Low-interest SBA loans may also be available for losses not covered by insurance or other sources.

For more information on Florida disaster recovery, click fema.gov/disaster/4177. Visit the Florida Division of Emergency Management website at FloridaDisaster.org or Facebook page at facebook.com/FloridaSERT.