Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery Center Changing Hours
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Oct. 27, 2017) - Beginning Sunday, Oct. 29, the Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery Center in Hillsborough County will be scaling back its hours of operation. The center will remain open seven days a week, on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Disaster Recovery Center is located at The Regent, 6437 Watson Road in Riverview. Appointments are not necessary. A partnership between Hillsborough County and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the center offers residents impacted by Hurricane Irma a central place where they can find out about federal, state, and local programs and services available to help them.
Residents are urged to keep in mind these very important deadlines for Hurricane Irma assistance:
- Apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity by Tuesday, Oct. 31.
- The period for FEMA's Transitional Sheltering Assistance ends Saturday, Nov. 4.
- Register for FEMA's Individuals and Households Program by Thursday, Nov. 9.
Hurricane Maria survivors who have come to Hillsborough County may also visit the center.
Types of assistance are determined on a case-by-case basis. Disaster assistance may include grants to help homeowners and renters pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement, human services, and other disaster-related needs.
For federal assistance, the registration process is the first step in recovery and requires information such as insurance policies, and bank information for possible direct transfer of funds. FEMA encourages residents to register before they visit the Disaster Recovery Center. To register, go to DisasterAssistance.gov, through the FEMA mobile app available in the Apple App Store or Google Play, or call (800) 621-3362, which is video relay service accessible. (TTY: (800) 462-7585.) Helpline hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Survivors requiring a reasonable accommodation such as American Sign Language interpreting, Braille, large print, etc., while visiting the Disaster Recovery Center may call the helpline for support.