FEMA sets up in NE Florida

More than 1,500 register for federal aid after Tropical Storm Debby


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – FEMA sets up in northeastern Florida to help people affected by Tropical Storm Debby.

More than 1,500 people from the area have applied for federal aid through the weekend, including:

  • 80 in Baker County
  • 118 in Bradford County
  • 150 in Clay County
  • 449 in Columbia County
  • 708 in Suwannee County

Tammy McCullough is one of the people who registered with FEMA in Baker County. Two weeks ago, her Glen St. Mary home was under two feet of water.

"I lost all of my furniture except a few beds. It's just basically been crazy," said McCullough.

FEMA has set up disaster recovery centers in Baker County, Bradford County, Clay and Columbia counties at the following locations:

  • Christian Fellowship Temple
    337 N. 7th Street, Macclenny
    Open: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., 7 days a week
  • Bradford County Senior Center
    1805 N. Temple Avenue, Starke
    Open: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., 7 days a week
  • Clay County Fairgrounds
    Exhibit #1, 2497, State Road 16 West
    Open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., 7 days a week
  • 484 SW Commerce Drive
    Suite 145 in the Westfield Shopping Center, Lake City
    8 a.m. - 6 p.m., 7 days a week
  • Suwannee County Coliseum
    11th Street, Live Oak
    8 a.m. - 6 p.m., 7 days a week

The American Red Cross set up a shelter at the Clay County Fire Department at 4003 Everett Avenue, Middleburg, which is open from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. during select days of the week.

The disaster center in Baker County opened Friday. The Red Cross and other agencies have been reaching out to a large number of homeowners and businesses since.

"Well, it is pretty devastating. If you've ever had anything like that in your family, or a close friend, it definitely is," said Steve Liner with the Baker County Disaster Relief Center. "You've got memories in some of those houses that you can't replace."

FEMA Disaster Recovery Manager Buddy Brewer said the process can take several days.

"Just being patient. Let the process work," he said.

FEMA plans to keep their Baker County recover center open indefinitely.

Click here to register with FEMA or call 1-800-621-3362.

Nassau County offers aid

Residents in Nassau County can also apply for aid.

Click here for damage assessment forms.