During a special meeting Friday, the Board of County Commissioners and Emergency Management Director Marshall Nelson urged residents impacted by Hurricane Michael to register with FEMA.
FEMA has established a mobile center at the Port St. Joe Public Library. The center will be open Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. CT.
Florida Division of Emergency Management and FEMA will open additional centers in affected counties in the coming days. The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties designated in the Florida federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael.
Representatives from the State of Florida, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other organizations are at the centers to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs.
The county had requested six mobile sites, the number dropped to five and then two before the rotation cycle without a full-time site was established.
Commissioner Ward McDaniel said the county needs two full-time outreach centers, one at each end of the county, and urged Nelson to continue to pursue that option.
McDaniel and Nelson also urged all impacted by the storm to apply with FEMA, either online, DisasterAssistance.gov, by phone at 800-621-3362 (voice/711/VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) anytime from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice, or by registering in person at the resource center.
McDaniel noted that to an extent the level of assistance from FEMA is determined by the percentage of citizens who sign up seeking assistance in recovering.