FEMA opens disaster recovery centers in SWFL

SOUTH FORT MYERS, Fla. Hurricane Irma victims have a new place to turn for help.

FEMA opened disaster recovery centers to provide information about assistance programs and give residents a forum for their questions.

The following locations are open in Southwest Florida:

  • 321 N. First St., Immokalee (open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily)
  • Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate (planning to remain open through Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • 26738 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs (open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily)
  • Clewiston Library, 120 Osceola, Clewiston (open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29)
  • Montura Ranch Estates Clubhouse, 255 Hacienda St., Clewiston (open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30)
  • Clewiston Walmart, 1005 Sugarland Highway, Clewiston (open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 3, 4, 5 and 7)
  • LaBelle Walmart, 1951 W. Hickopochee Ave., LaBelle (open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2 and 6)

The centers are designed as resources — it’s not necessary to go there to receive FEMA aid. For those who do visit, registration with FEMA is strongly recommended.

Southwest Florida homeowners, renters and business owners can register at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362, a phone line staffed 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week until further notice, according to the agency.

FEMA is still encouraging Irma victims to use its website as the primary means to assistance. One part of the site helps victims who’ve already applied for assistance and whose homes were destroyed find hotels while their homes are being repaired.

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