Georgia recovery centers close for Thanksgiving, will reopen on Friday, Nov. 23

Published 3:53 pm Tuesday, November 20, 2018

All Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) throughout central and southwest Georgia will close Thursday, Nov. 22, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. All centers will reopen at their regularly scheduled time of 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23.

The Decatur County location at the Decatur County Memorial Coliseum will be open Friday. It is closed on Sundays.

If Hurricane Michael survivors need assistance on Thanksgiving Day, they can call the FEMA Helpline from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. at (800) 621-3362.

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The TTY number is (800) 462-7585 for those who are speech or hearing-impaired. Survivors can also check the status of their claims or register online at: All are good options for those affected by Hurricane Michael, especially since the deadline to register for FEMA assistance in Georgia is Dec. 13.

The FEMA Helpline will remain open seven days a week.

Residents who are insured, uninsured or underinsured are encouraged to register with FEMA before visiting a DRC. However, survivors are welcome to use the center’s phone banks and computers, if needed. FEMA grants and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans may be able to help cover survivors’ damaged property and destroyed essential items.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) manages five Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) across the state. Those centers will also be closed Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving Day. For additional information on holiday hours, call (800) 659-2955.