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Hurricane Matthew disaster recovery center opens in Nassau County

Photo by Jerry McGovern
Photo by Jerry McGovern

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – A disaster recovery center has opened in Fernandina Beach to help residents affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The center serves as a one-stop shop for storm survivors seeking one-on-one help.

Representatives from the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and various state agencies will be at the center to answer questions.

Survivors can visit any open DRC for assistance, even if they live in another county.

The center is located at the Peck Center, at 516 S. 10th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays.

FDEM and FEMA officials continue to work closely with local officials in hard-hit areas to identify suitable sites for additional centers.

Residents are urged to download the FEMA app to their mobile device, allowing them to apply for disaster assistance, get directions to the nearest disaster recovery center by visiting the DRC locator, get weather alerts and subscribe to disaster safety tips.

Many services available at disaster recovery centers are also available by calling the FEMA helpline at
800-621-3362. Toll-free lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.