New Disaster Recovery Centers opening in South Georgia Friday

FEMA hopes that these new locations will help expedite recovery assistance for those affected by Hurricane Michael. / FILE

The State of Georgia and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced that new Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are opening in Randolph, Sumter and Tift County Friday, November 9.

FEMA hopes that these new locations will help expedite recovery assistance for those affected by Hurricane Michael.

The new centers will be located at:

Randolph County:

Randolph County Chamber of Commerce (Old County Courthouse), 1 Court St., Cuthbert, GA 39840

Sumter County:

Georgia National Guard Armory, 901 Adderton St., Americus, GA 31719

Tift County:

Tift County Special Programs Building, 202 Baldwin Dr., Tifton, GA 31794

Hours of operation:

  • Friday, Nov. 9 – Wednesday, Nov. 14: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 11: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Please note all DRCs will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observation of Veteran’s Day and on Thursday, Nov. 22, for Thanksgiving.

At a DRC, survivors can meet face-to-face with recovery specialists who can answer questions about temporary housing, home repairs, replacement of damaged personal property and other disaster-related needs, such as medical, dental or transportation costs not covered by insurance or other programs.

Survivors who are insured, uninsured or underinsured are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a DRC. However, survivors who are unable to register for assistance before visiting a DRC are welcome to use the center’s phone banks and computers. FEMA grants and SBA loans may be able to help cover survivors’ damaged property and destroyed essential items.

Eligible applicants can also register for assistance by calling: (800) 621-3362, or applying online at: disasterassistance.gov. The TTY number is: (800) 462-7585 for those who are speech or hearing-impaired.

Here is a list of all 22 Georgia DRC locations. To expedite personalized recovery assistance, FEMA alternates the locations of 12 DRCs every other week, with six DRCs open in Lee, Crisp, Thomas, Clay, Calhoun and Turner counties open one week, and six DRCs in Worth, Mitchell, Grady, Randolph, Sumter and Tift counties open the next. (For days and hours of operation, see the chart below or go to FEMA’s DRC Locator):

Baker County:

Baker County Senior Center 439 Highway 91?North, Newton, GA 39870
Mon.?Sat. 9 a.m. ?7p.m., Sun. 1 p.m. ?7p.m.

Calhoun County:

Morgan City Hall 54 Court St., Morgan, GA 39866

  • 11/2?11/7, 9 a.m. ?7 p.m.
  • Sun., 11/4, 1 p.m. ?7 p.m.
  • 11/16?11/21, 9 a.m. ?7 p.m.
  • Sun., 11/18, 1 p.m. ?7 p.m.

Crisp County:

Farm Service Agency Crisp County/UGA Extension Office 110 West 13th Ave., Cordele, GA 31015

  • 11/8?11/13, 9 a.m.?7 p.m.
  • Sun., Nov. 11, 1 p.m.?7 p.m.
  • 11/23?11/27, 9 a.m.?7 p.m.
  • Sun., 11/25, 1 p.m.?7 p.m.

Dougherty County:

Isabell School 300 Cason St., Albany, GA 31705
Mon.?Sat. 9 a.m.?7 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.?7 p.m.

Albany Technical College/Kirkland Hall 1704 South Slappey Blvd., Albany, GA 31701
Mon.?Sat. 9 a.m.?7 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.?7 p.m.

Lee County:

Century Fire Station 934 U.S. Highway 19 South, Leesburg, GA 31763

  • 11/8?11/13, 9 a.m.?7 p.m.
  • Sun., Nov. 11, 1 p.m.?7 p.m.
  • 11/23–11/27, 9 a.m.?7 p.m.
  • Sun., 11/25, 1 p.m.?7 p.m.

Mitchell County:

Mitchell County Emergency Service Building 4767 U.S. Highway 37, Camilla, GA 31730

  • 11/1?11/6, 9 a.m.?7 p.m.
  • Sun., 11/4, 1 p.m.?7 p.m.
  • 11/15?11/20, 9 a.m.?7 p.m.
  • Sun., 11/18, 1 p.m.?7 p.m.

Sumter County:

Georgia National Guard Armory, 901 Adderton St., Americus, GA 31719

  • 11/9 –11/14, 9 a.m.?7 p.m.
  • Sun., 11/11, 1 p.m.?7 p.m.
  • 11/23–11/28, 9 a.m.?7 p.m.
  • Sun., 11/25 1 p.m.?7 p.m.

Terrell County:

Terrell County Courthouse/Judge's Chamber, 499 Roundtree Dr. SW, Dawson, GA 39842
Mon.?Sat. 9 a.m.?7 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.?7 p.m.

Tift County:

Tift County Special Programs Building 202 Baldwin Dr., Tifton, GA 31794 11/9 –11/14

  • 11/9 –11/14, 9 a.m.?7 p.m.
  • Sun., 11/11, 1 p.m.?7 p.m.
  • 11/23–11/28, 9 a.m.?7 p.m.
  • Sun., 11/25 1 p.m.?7 p.m.

Turner County:

Turner County Civic Center 354 Lamar St., Ashburn, GA 31714

  • 11/2?11/7, 9 a.m.?7 p.m.
  • Sun., 11/4, 1 p.m.?7 p.m.
  • 11/16?11/21, 9 a.m.?7 p.m.
  • Sun., 11/18, 1 p.m.?7 p.m.

Worth County:

Worth County Community Center, 1301 N. Monroe St, Sylvester, GA 31791

  • 11/1?11/6, 9 a.m.?7 p.m.
  • Sun., 11/4, 1 p.m.?7 p.m.
  • 11/15?11/20, 9 a.m.?7 p.m.
  • Sun., 11/18, 1 p.m.?7 p.m.
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