Disaster Recovery Center opens in Punta Gorda for four days

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- Storm survivors in Southwest Florida can get storm recovery help this weekend in Punta Gorda.

A Disaster Recovery Center will open Thursday, November 9 for four days.

Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the State of Florida are available to provide assistance to anyone filling out their applications or updating their status. Voluntary organizations are available and offer a variety of services to help survivors recover.

The State of Florida does not offer Food For Florida (Disaster SNAP/D-SNAP) at DRCs.

The DRC is at Carmalita Athletic Park, located at 2610 Carmalita Street in Punta Gorda.  Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

As more centers open, survivors may locate one near them at https://www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, (TTY) 800-462-7585. Helpline numbers are  open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

For more recovery information, visit www.FEMA.gov.

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