Broward’s first FEMA relief center to open in Pompano

By Anne Geggis via SunSentinel.com

Broward County’s first Federal Emergency Management Agency recovery center in the wake of Hurricane Irma will open Wednesday in Pompano Beach, city officials said.

FEMA workers will be helping Irma victims apply for relief from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Saturday at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center, 520 NW 3rd St.

The center guides people through qualifying for disaster-relief benefits through FEMA and the Small Business Administration.

Pompano’s opening comes on the heels of last week’s recovery center opening in Boynton Beach. It’s estimated that FEMA has about $163 million set aside to help Floridians recover from the disaster.

The help is provided on a case-by-case basis. FEMA won’t pay for items already covered by insurance, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled.

HOW TO GET HELP

ONLINE: Go to disasterassistance.gov to file a claim with FEMA electronically.

BY PHONE: Call the FEMA helpline 800-621-3362.

IN PERSON: Go to the disaster recovery center at E. Pat Larkins Community Center, 520 NW 3rd St., Pompano Beach. The operating hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday. The center is open to residents in all South Florida counties. You are encouraged to pre-register by phone or online, but it is not required.