TALLAHASSEE — The State of Florida and FEMA have opened two additional Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) in Highlands and Lake Counties.
Disaster Recovery Centers provide disaster survivors with information from Florida state agencies, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance and disaster loans, update applications and learn about other resources available. These centers can help jumpstart your recovery and more are opening soon.
To find the closest Disaster Recovery Center, Text “DRC” and your Zip Code to 43362 or visit fema.gov/drc.
Hours for all centers are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily unless otherwise noted.
Veterans Community Park, 1895 Veterans Park Drive, Naples, 34109
Highlands County Extension Office, 4509 George Blvd., Sebring, FL 33875
First Baptist Church of Astor Lake County, 24731 Ann St., Astor FL 32102
Home Depot, 12621 S McCall Rd, Port Charlotte, FL 33981
Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers, FL 33919
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fort Myers DMS Building, 2295 Victoria Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33901
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Barnett Park, 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
Hart Memorial Central Library, 211 E. Dakin Avenue, Kissimmee, FL 34741
W.H. Stuart Center, 1702 S. Holland Pkwy, Bartow, FL 33830
Shannon Staub Public Library, 4675 Career Lane, North Port, FL 34289
Seminole State College - Barbara Miller Automotive Center, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford, FL 32773
Volusia County Health Department, 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32117
It is not necessary to visit a center to apply. Survivors can go online to disasterassistance.gov, use the FEMA mobile app or call 800-621-3362. The line is open every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET. Help is available in most languages. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service. To view an accessible video about how to register visit: Three Ways to Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance - YouTube.
Interpretation services and translated materials are available at these centers to help you communicate in the language with which you feel most comfortable. Disaster Recovery Center locations are chosen for their accessibility, with the goal of reaching as many people as possible.
In addition to the centers, FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams are canvassing neighborhoods in areas impacted by Hurricane Ian to help residents apply for FEMA assistance and answer questions about federal assistance. DSA teams wear FEMA attire and have federal photo identification badges. There is no charge for service.
FEMA Individual Assistance can help with temporary lodging expenses, basic home repairs and other essential disaster-related needs.