FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opens

One-stop assistance for storm relief to be available in DeFuniak Springs in Walton County.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Center will open for business in DeFuniak Springs on Sunday, September 26, at 8 a.m. The center will be set up at the DeFuniak Springs Civic Center on North 9th Street.

A Disaster Recovery Center is a facility established in the area affected by the disaster where persons can meet face-to-face with represented Federal, State, and volunteer agencies to:

* Discuss their disaster-related needs
* Obtain information about disaster assistance programs
* Teleregister for assistance
* Update registration information
* Learn about measures for rebuilding that can eliminate or reduce the risk of future loss
* Learn how to complete the Small Business Administration loan application
* Request the status of their application for Assistance to Individuals and Households

Government disaster assistance covers basic needs only and will not normally compensate you for your entire loss. If you have insurance, the government may help pay for basic needs not covered under your insurance policy. Some disaster aid does not have to be paid back, while other forms of help may come in the form of loans.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, or economic status. Come see what they have to offer at the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center if you suffered a loss in Hurricane Ivan. For further information contact Walton County Emergency Response at 892-8065.