Some DRCs close in southwest Georgia, but presence in region remains

Some disaster recovery centers remain open in the southwest Georgia area, while some have already closed, following the impact of Hurricane Michael. (Special Photo: FEMA)

ALBANY — Some disaster recovery centers in southwest Georgia are now permanently closed, while many remain open to serve the needs of Hurricane Michael victims who need help accessing the resources necessary to receive federal assistance for recovery.

The DRCs in Lee and Thomas counties closed at 6 p.m. Tuesday and will not re-open. FEMA officials said that Georgia residents affected by Hurricane Michael can visit any DRC for disaster assistance, even if it is not in the county in which the victim lives.

The two DRCs in Dougherty County, at the former Isabella School at 300 Cason St. and Albany Technical College’s Kirkland Hall at 1704 S. Slappey Blvd., are closest to the center that closed in Leesburg. The DRC in Grady County, Grady County Agricultural Center at 65 11th Ave. Northeast in Cairo, is closest to the center that is closed in Thomasville.

The FEMA DRC locator shows that the centers that remain open include:

— Turner County Civic Center, 354 Lamar St., Ashburn. Hours are 1-7 p.m Sunday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Closed Tuesday and Thursday.

— Decatur County Coliseum, 600 S. Wheat Ave., Bainbridge. 1-7 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

— Early County Alternative School, 544 Howell St., Blakely. 1-7 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

— Mitchell County Emergency Services Building, 4767 Highway 37, Camilla. 1-7 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Closed Wednesday.

— First Baptist Church-Gymnasium, 351 E. Pine St., Colquitt. 1-7 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

— Terrell County Courthouse, 499 Roundtree Drive, Dawson. 1-7 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

— Spring Creek Baptist Church, 2635 U.S. Highway 253, Donalsonville. 1-7 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

— First Baptist Church, 409 S. Woolfork Ave., Donalsonville. 1-7 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

— Baker County Senior Center, 439 U.S. Highway 91 North, Newton. 1-7 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

— Worth County Community Center, 1301 N. Monroe St., Sylvester. 1-7 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Closed Wednesday.

The Isabella and Albany Tech sites in Dougherty County are open from 1-7 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Cairo center is open 1-7 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday — but is closed on Wednesday.

The public can use FEMA’s DRC locator for a list of all centers in southwest and central Georgia or call the FEMA helpline at (800) 621-3362. Individuals can also visit www.disasterassistance.gov or use a tablet or smartphone to access the FEMA app or visit m.fema.gov.

FEMA also has dedicated phone lines to assist disaster survivors who are deaf, speech impaired or hard of hearing. The TTY number is (800) 462-7585.

A DRC provides residents an opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives from the state of Georgia, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration and other federal partners.

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