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St. Johns County hosts Matthew federal assistance workshop

County partners with FEMA for workshop held Nov. 9

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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – St. Johns County partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to host a Hurricane Matthew federal assistance workshop Wednesday. 

The workshop was  held from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at the County Administration Building at 500 San Sebastian View.

The workshop began with a general session to provide information about FEMA service and the registration process. Breakout sessions were then be held with subject-matter experts providing information regarding specific components of the recovery process, including individual assistance, business assistance and other storm-related services. 

Representatives from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and other various state agencies were also be at the center to answer questions and provide assistance.

Deanna Frazier of FEMA's media relations department, said people affected by the storm can still register for help, including grant money to go toward paying for rent if they had to move out of their home during repairs.

"We can help with up to two months of rental assistance to help defer those costs. We can also provide grant money to repair your home and grant money to replace personal property items," Frazier said. 

As of Wednesday evening, officials said 35,000 people have requested assistance from FEMA, which has approved about $1.5 million worth of grants to people who needed the help.

The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center continues to be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday in the St. Johns County Wind Mitigation Building at 3111 Agricultural Center Drive.

Many services available at the disaster recovery centers are also available by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov or calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362.