A FEMA representative assists a disaster survivor at a disaster recovery center in Florida.
After a disaster, you may feel overwhelmed and not sure how to move forward. The road to recovery can be daunting, but you are not alone. It’s important to ask for help every step of the way. One of the best places to get direct help is from a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC).
These centers are designed to guide you through the recovery process. When you enter, you are greeted by FEMA representatives ready to assist you one-on-one to make you feel confident and comfortable.
FEMA representatives can help you apply for help, check the status of your application, and find resources to help you. If you have received a communication from someone claiming to represent FEMA and you are not sure if it is a scam, they can help you verify the communication.
Representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA) also work at the centers to help homeowners, renters and small businesses apply for loans. These loans can help finance expenses not covered by a FEMA grant or your insurance.
State officials and other organizations are also there to help.
As recovery efforts continue, FEMA will open more of these centers. If there isn’t a disaster recovery center near you, keep checking as more will open in the days and weeks to come.
Everyone is welcome
Disaster recovery centers are for all survivors, regardless of citizenship status. We encourage everyone affected by disaster to visit their nearest disaster recovery center so we can help start your path to recovery.
Translators or translation services are available at these centers to help you communicate in the language you feel most comfortable with. Disaster recovery center locations are chosen for their accessibility, with the aim of reaching as many people as possible.
Find a DRC in your area
- You can search by your exact location or state to easily get a list of disaster recovery centers near you with our DRC locator.
- For Hurricane Ian locations, you can also find a list of open centers on the Florida locations page.
- For Hurricane Fiona locations, find a list of open centers on the Puerto Rico location page.
- The FEMA app will show you DR Congo locations near you right on the home page, and you can search the location list in English and Spanish.
Bring your questions
We want to hear about the challenges you face and the needs you may have. If you are unsure about the assistance offered by FEMA or something you have received from us, center representatives can help you answer these questions. In a disaster recovery center, you can:
- Learn about disaster relief programs.
- Check the status of your FEMA application.
- Understand all letters you receive from FEMA.
- Find information on housing and rental assistance.
- Get referrals to organizations that can offer further assistance.
- Learn more about Small Business Administration (SBA) programs.
Recovery is a community-wide effort. It cannot be done alone. As you navigate your own part of the recovery process, remember to seek assistance by visiting a disaster recovery center or calling FEMA’s Disaster Hotline at 1-800- 621-3362.