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Posted September 22, 2017 | 8:04 AM

Resources Available at Disaster Recovery Center

Hurricane Irma Update No. 61

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 21, 2017) - Hillsborough County and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered to open a Disaster Recovery Center where residents impacted by Hurricane Irma can find out about programs and services available to help them.

The local Disaster Recovery Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Regent, 6437 Watson Road in Riverview. Appointments are not necessary.

More than a dozen agencies are providing resources at the center, including:

  • FEMA
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Hillsborough County Aging Services
  • Hillsborough County Affordable Housing Services
  • Hillsborough County Health Care Services
  • Hillsborough County Homeless Services
  • Hillsborough County Social Services
  • American Red Cross
  • Career Source Tampa Bay
  • Central Florida Behavioral Health Network
  • Senior Connection from Area Agency on Aging

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. SBA offers low-interest disaster loans for businesses of all sizes, homeowners, renters, and private non-profit organizations. SBA disaster loans may cover repairs, rebuilding, as well as the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged real estate and personal property.

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.

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