FEMA opens centers
By By MARY-ALLISON LANCASTER Managing editor
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that disaster recovery centers (DRC) have opened in Escambia County and surrounding counties.
Marvin Nauman, a public affairs officer with FEMA, urges everyone to get registered with FEMA as soon as possible. Typically, Nauman said, it takes two weeks for FEMA officials to come to a disaster area after it has been hit. However, with Hurricane Dennis, FEMA was already pre-positioned in surrounding counties in an attempt to aid victims in a timely manner.
Nauman said the fastest and best way to register is online.
How to apply for assistance
Register online at http://www.fema.gove, or call the toll-free number at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or if you are hearing impaired call 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). The numbers are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week until further notice.
Applicants registering should be prepared to provide basic information about themselves, insurance coverage and any other information to help substantiate losses.
The DRCs are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.