FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers open in Central Florida

- Nearly a month after Hurricane Irma hit, hurricane victims are still dealing with damage.

For example, a tree fell on a building, but still the remains are still there. Many hope FEMA will assist them.
“We woke up to this and saw the tree had fallen down on my workshop and destroyed it.”

Charles Clement says he tried clearing this fallen tree from his workshop, but can’t do it alone. That’s why he went to FEMA for help, but he was denied, “Because there was no damage to the main structure, the main house, was their reason. They told me if they weren’t going to help me I had to do the SBA loan and apply for that which I did.”

So Charles went to a new FEMA Disaster Recovery Center where a representative from the
Small Business Administration helped him apply for a loan.

Carl Dombek of the U.S. Small Business Administration says, “We make disaster relief loans for all businesses of all size even non-profits and even homeowners and renters who had damage from the hurricane.

The loans we offer are low interest loans in most cases.”

Charles hopes to get his loan, before his equipment is damaged further. He's glad this center and seven others in Central Florida were opened to help hurricane victims.

“Just to have it back like it was before. Because there’s things in here I don’t have a place to put until I have another structure.

I’m just hoping to get some help. If not, I’m not sure what I’m going to do because I can’t afford to do this on my own.”

And the center in Volusia will be open through Wednesday, but possibly longer if needed.

Find the closet FEMA shelter to you here.

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