FEMA closing Baker, Nassau centers Saturday


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tropical Storm Debby survivors have until Saturday to visit disaster recovery centers in Baker and Nassau counties.

Representatives from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

The state and FEMA closely monitor visitor traffic at all Florida disaster recovery centers. Officials said traffic to the Baker and Nassau county centers has decreased, indicating the information needs of survivors in those areas have mostly been met.

Survivors who need face-to-face help should visit the centers by Saturday. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at the following locations:

Baker County
Apt. No. 1 (across the street from Christian Fellowship Temple)
337 N. 7th St.
Macclenny, FL 32063

Nassau County
Nassau County Emergency Operations Center (across the street from the Nassau County Courthouse)
77150 Citizens Circle
Yulee, FL 32097

Help is always available by calling FEMA's toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and assistance is available in most languages. Survivors who are deaf or hard of hearing and use a TTY can call 800-462-7585.

Helpline staff can direct survivors to any of the remaining recovery centers if face-to-face guidance is needed. The nearest center can also be found by going to www.FEMA.gov/DRCLocator.

If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before going to a center. Registration is available by calling the helpline; going online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov; or by using the FEMA app or going to m.fema.gov with a smartphone or tablet.