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For immediate release - Nov. 9, 2004

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center to close in Lake County
Residents urged to complete disaster-assistance needs at the center on South Highway 561

TAVARES — Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have alerted Lake County officials that due to a decline in residents visiting the Disaster Recovery Center in Tavares they are planning to close the center Saturday, Nov. 13.

The closing date for the center, however, is tentative as officials will continue to monitor its usage throughout this week. The disaster recovery center is where residents can meet face-to-face with represented federal, state, local and volunteer agencies to:

  • Discuss their disaster-related needs;
  • Obtain information about disaster assistance programs;
  • Tele-register 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 (SBA) loan application; and
  • Request the status of their application for assistance to individuals and households.

Located at 4113 S. Highway 461, Tavares, in the Southridge Shoppes commercial center, the Disaster Recovery Center functions as a one-stop assistance location for residents trying to recover from hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. The center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Residents are first encouraged to register with FEMA by calling (800) 621-FEMA before visiting the center for individual assistance application help. Once residents obtain their nine-digit case number from the FEMA helpline, they can visit the center as representatives will help them determine what level of individual assistance they may be eligible for.

In addition, the center offers face-to-face assistance with SBA representatives. Disaster victims are encouraged to visit the center where they can meet with SBA representatives, pick up an application, get assistance completing the application or submit their completed application.

Lake County residents are urged to return SBA application loans as the deadline for the return of the applications is near. Most federal individual assistance stops once the SBA loan application has been issued. The application must be returned to the SBA to continue the assistance process. The SBA is the primary source of federal funds for long-term recovery for homeowners, renters and business owners.

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Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445
cpatton@co.lake.fl.us

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