Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

Hernando County disaster recovery center now open for Debby victims

BROOKSVILLE — A disaster recovery center opened Thursday for Hernando County residents whose homes or businesses were affected by Tropical Storm Debby.

The center, at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville, will host representatives from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and other agencies to help residents apply for aid and to explain disaster assistance programs.

The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. It will remain open as long as there is sufficient demand, said Hernando County emergency management director Cecilia Patella.

Patella said people were already trickling in Thursday, based on word-of-mouth communication.

Before going to a disaster recovery center, residents with storm or flooding losses are asked to register with FEMA. This can be done by calling the agency at 1-800-621-3362 or visiting the FEMA website at DisasterAssistance.gov.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families includes money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property loss and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Low-interest disaster loans from the SBA are also available to help with residential and business losses not covered by insurance, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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