Several Disaster Recovery Centers close in Central Florida

Centers set up after hurricanes Ian, Nicole

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Three Disaster Recovery Centers in Central Florida are permanently closing.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced locations at Seminole State College, First Baptist Church of Astor, and the Flagler County Fairgrounds would no longer be open after Tuesday.

While the three centers are ending operations, FEMA said help is still available.

“We will be here as long as we’re needed, so don’t worry about trying to get in touch with us,” FEMA spokeswoman Kim Fuller said.

After the centers are closed, there are four ways to reach FEMA to check on an application status:

  • FEMA Help line 800-621-3362
  • FEMA App
  • Area Disaster Recovery Centers including Barnett Park in Orlando

For months, the Disaster Recovery Centers have served as locations for people seeking in-person help on assistance for recovery from Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Nicole.

The deadline to apply for assistance for damage from Hurricane Ian has passed, but people affected can still check the status of an applications and get information about help with rental assistance or other basic needs.

The deadline to apply for assistance for damage from Hurricane Nicole is Monday, Feb. 13.  The application can be submitted by calling 800-621-3362 or online at

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Mark Lehman became a News 6 reporter in July 2014, but he's been a Central Florida journalist and part of the News 6 team for much longer. While most people are fast asleep in their bed, Mark starts his day overnight by searching for news on the streets of Central Florida.