Jackson County’s Disaster Recovery Center is now closed, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported this past week.
The center – opened in the wake of Hurricane Michael at the University Extension Office in Marianna – ceased operations January 31.
Jackson County residents seeking one-on-one assistance with disaster recovery options,may still visit other area Disaster Recovery Centers, FEMA officials said in a statement released following the closure. The nearest open Disaster Recovery Center to Sneads, Grand Ridge and rural East Jackson County is in neighboring Gadsden County, inside the old Gretna Elementary School building at 706 MLK Jr. Boulevard, Gretna. The Gadsden center is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday; Gadsden County hours are in Eastern Standard Time.
Also near Jackson County, the Disaster Recovery Center at the Blountstown Public Library, 17731 NE Pear Street, Blountstown. The Blountstown/Calhoun County Disaster Recovery Center operates from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to 5 p.m., Sunday (Central Standard Time).
At these and other Disaster Recovery Centers in the Panhandle, Hurricane Michael survivors can obtain face-to-face help with applying for household aid, Small Business Administration recovery assistance and other disaster relief services, according to FEMA.
Survivors may also visit disasterassistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) for recovery assistance or general information.