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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 1, 2004
Contact:  FEMA/Florida News Desk: 407-858-6207
SBA: Frank A. Adinolfe 404-909-0460

Sanibel Island DRC To Suspend Operations

ORLANDO – The Sanibel Island Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), at The Community Association Center, 2173 Periwinkle Way, will cease operations on Saturday, September 25, at 8 p.m. Resources and personnel from this DRC will be shifted to other sites throughout the state.

Applicants from Lee County and surrounding areas will still have access to three Lee County DRCs that continue to operate in this area:

Summerlin Square Mall DRC
17105 San Carlos Boulevard
Fort Myers, Fla.

Lee County Public Works DRC
1500 Monroe Street
Fort Myers, Fla.

Fisher Of Men Lutheran Church DRC
10360 String Fellow Road
Pine Island, Fla.

Victims of the hurricanes are urged to register for assistance first by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585 for those who are speech or hearing-impaired. After applying, those who have questions may visit a center to meet face-to-face with recovery specialists.

All centers are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Representatives of state, federal, and voluntary agencies, as well as loan officers from the U.S. Small Business Administration, will be on hand to answer questions and provide recovery information. Written materials about various assistance programs are also available to individuals and business owners.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Helpline is experiencing a record number of calls. Because of this high volume, residents with only minimal losses, owners of commercial properties, and those who are able to start the recovery process are now urged to wait a few days before calling the Helpline. The Helpline is the option on the FEMA 800 number for people who have already registered to find the status of their application and get answers to various questions.

The State Emergency Response Team is a collaboration of Florida’s emergency management agencies led by the state coordinating officer. SERT’s mission is to ensure that Florida is prepared to respond to emergencies, recover from them, and mitigate their impact. For the latest information on the hurricane relief effort, visit http://www.floridadisaster.org

On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.

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Last updated: July 08, 2005

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