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Sept. 22 - FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Opening on Tybee Island Beginning tomorrow, Sept. 23

Category: Economic Development

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

September 22, 2017 - The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) on Tybee Island is open to assist Hurricane Irma survivors. The center is open daily and staffed by representatives of the State of Georgia, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Hours of operation are:

Mon-Fri:   8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday:  8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday:     1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The location will be the Chatham CountyTybee Island YMCA Gym at 202 5th Street, Tybee Island, GA 31328.

Survivors can talk with disaster recovery center personnel about their challenges recovering from hurricane damage, get started on applying for SBA low-interest disaster loans, receive helpful recovery information and discuss other issues of concern. However, it is not necessary to visit a DRC to receive FEMA assistance.

Survivors are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a disaster recovery center if possible. Homeowners, renters and business owners in Chatham County who sustained damage or losses as a result of Hurricane Irma are eligible to register.

*         The quickest way to apply for federal assistance is online at<> or through the FEMA mobile app<>.

*         Survivors may also apply by phone at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Because of high demand, lines may be busy. Please be patient, and try calling in the morning or evening when call volume may be lower.

*         The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week.

*         Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.

Representatives of the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to help survivors complete and submit their SBA loan applications, which could provide the largest portion of their recovery funds.

Disaster recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

Survivors can locate the nearest disaster recovery center by using the FEMA mobile app or by visiting<>, according to Chelsea Sawyer, MPA

EM Specialist-Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for the Chatham Emergency Management Agency.

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