ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Disaster Recovery Centers opened Saturday, Oct. 20, in Dougherty, Early, Miller, and Seminole counties, to help residents through the assistance process after damage and losses suffered during Hurricane Michael. More DRCs have continued to open as FEMA has expanded its presence in Southwest Georgia to assist with recovery efforts.
On Nov. 7, FEMA announced a minor adjustment to the hours the DRCs will be open along with more locations opening in Southwest Georgia to help expedite recovery assistance for those affected by Hurricane Michael.
Representatives from the State of Georgia, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are at the center to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.
Hours of operation at the centers have changed to the following:
- Mon – Sat.: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Sunday: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The following locations will be serving as Disaster Recovery Centers:
- Baker County Senior Center, 439 Hwy. 91, Newton, GA 39870
- Morgan City Hall, 54 Court Street, Morgan, GA 39866
- Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), 200 Wilson Street (Senior Citizen Community Center), Fort Gaines, GA 39851
- Farm Service Agency Crisp County/UGA Extension Office, 110 West 13th Avenue, Cordele, GA 31015
- Decatur County Memorial Coliseum, 600 South Wheat Avenue, Bainbridge, GA 39819
- Dougherty County Schools Technology Office, 300 Cason Street, Albany, GA 31705
- Albany technical College’s Kirkland Hall, 1704 South Slappey Boulevard, Albany, GA 31701
- Early County Alternative School, 544 Howell Street, Blakely, GA 39823
- Grady County Agricultural Center, 65 11th Avenue Northeast, Cairo, GA 39828
- Century Fire Station, 934 U.S. Highway 19 South, Leesburg, GA 31763
- First Baptist Church, 351 East Pine Street, Colquitt, GA 39837
- Mitchell County Emergency Medical Service Building, 4767 U.S. Highway 37, Camilla, GA 31730
- Randolph County Chamber of Commerce (Old County Courthouse), 51 Court Street, Cuthbert, GA 39840
- Spring Creek Baptist Church, 2635 Hwy. 253, Donalsonville, GA 39845
- Spring Creek Baptist Church, 2635 U.S. Highway 253, Donalsonville, GA 39845
- Georgia National Guard Armory, 901 Adderton Street, Americus, GA 31719
- Terrell County Courthouse/Judge’s Chamber, 499 Roundtree Dr. SW, Dawson, GA 39842
- Emergency Operations Center/Firestation #3 (in front of the YMCA), 1202 Remington Avenue, Thomasville, GA 31792
- Tift County Special Programs Building, 202 Baldwin Drive, Tifton, GA 31794
- Turner County Civic Center, 354 Lamar Street, Ashburn, GA 31714
- Worth County Community Center, 1301 North Monroe Street, Sylvester, GA 31791
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive federal disaster assistance. To be eligible for federal aid under FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program, damage must have occurred because of Hurricane Michael on October 8, 2018 and continuing.
If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Residents in Baker, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas and Worth counties, can register for assistance by the following methods:
- The quickest way to apply for federal assistance is online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov .
- Survivors may also apply by phone at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY).
- The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week.
Find out what to expect after applying for FEMA: