October 30, 2017 - Residents in need of disaster assistance have been granted more than an additional two weeks to apply with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

The deadline for Individual Assistance has been extended from Thursday, November 9 to Friday, November 24 - the day after Thanksgiving.

"This is very good news for our residents," said Sally Sherman, Flagler County's acting Public Safety Emergency Manager. "While we certainly don't recommend that anyone wait until the last minute to file an application, many people have the day after Thanksgiving off work and may be able to use this time to get the applications completed."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved the extension late last week.

"In light of the number of new daily registrations and FEMA's history of granting extensions in similar disasters, I request the State be granted an additional 15-day extension for Individual Assistance registration," wrote Willie G. Nunn, Federal Coordinating Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Residents can register with FEMA online at https://www.disasterassistance.gov. The FEMA helpline number is 800-621-3362, and TTY users can call 800-462-7585.

The closest Disaster Recovery Center for Flagler County residents is located at the Putnam County Fairgrounds in East Palatka - 118 Fairgrounds Road - State Road 100 west to U.S. 17.

The hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 5.

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration (SBA) will answer questions and assist residents with applications. The SBA will help both residents and businesses apply for low-interest loans.