ASTOR — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, will open a second disaster recovery center (DRC) to assist Lake County residents and businesses affected by Tropical Storm Fay on Monday, Oct. 6, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lake County Sheriff's Office Substation, located at 55420 Front St. in Astor.
Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Astor DRC will operate Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., until further notice. The DRC at the Lake County Fairgrounds, located at 2101 County Road 452 in Eustis, has the same hours of operation.
Lake County residents who suffered damage or loss as a result of Tropical Storm Fay can apply for individual assistance through FEMA by calling (800) 621-3362 or by logging on to www.fema.gov (The deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may call TTY 800-462-7585 to apply). The toll-free telephone numbers operate 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. daily, until further notice.
Residents are required to have the following information for the application process: a telephone number, Social Security number, current mailing address, address of damaged property, brief description of damages and insurance information (if the applicant has insurance).
At a DRC, individuals who have already registered can have disaster recovery specialists check on their case, answer questions about their claim or request information FEMA needs to process their claim. Staff can also supply contacts for other programs that may be helpful.
As of Friday, Oct. 3, FEMA reports 156 Lake County residents have registered for individual assistance and the total approved assistance is more than $44,000. In addition, 88 individuals have visited the Fairgrounds DRC since it opened on Sept. 19.
For more information about disaster preparedness, call the Lake County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, at (352) 343-9420.