Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Tampa Bay Weather

FEMA opens Hurricane Hermine disaster centers in Hernando, Hillsborough

TAMPA — Federal authorities Friday announced the opening of additional disaster recovery centers to help residents cope with storm and flood losses from Hurricane Hermine.

One is in Spring Hill, at the Westside Government Center, 7405 Forest Oaks Blvd. The other is in the east Hillsborough County community of Lithia, at the Keysville Recreation Center, 9390 Edison Road. And there's an existing center in Crystal River at the West Citrus Center, 1540 N Meadowcrest Blvd.

The centers are open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed Sunday.

They are touted as "one-stop shops" for survivors seeking one-on-one help from representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other state agencies.

Disaster assistance may include grants for temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement or other disaster-related needs.

Centers also exist in Dixie, Leon and Levy counties. Further details and services are available through the FEMA help line, toll-free at 1-800-621-3362, or through the website, DisasterAssistance.gov.

FEMA encourages survivors to register with the agency even if they have already registered with other relief programs.

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