Local Disaster Recovery Center

A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is a temporary facility located in or near the impacted area where survivors can go to obtain disaster related information. The center is staffed with specialists from FEMA, the State Emergency Response Team (SERT), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and a variety of disaster-recovery representatives from local and voluntary agencies. Some of the services that a DRC may provide:

• Guidance regarding disaster recovery 
• Clarification of any written correspondence received 
• Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information 
• Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance 
• Status of applications being processed by FEMA
• SBA program information

It is recommended that homeowners and renters register with FEMA before visiting a DRC. This can be accomplished online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling FEMA’s toll-free registration and helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for those with a speech- or hearing-impairment. Information on the DRC serving Broward and Palm Beach counties is below:

Carolyn Sims Center
311 NW 12th Ave.
Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday,  9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Contact: Amy Blackman, 561-358-1181

Hurricane Irma Recovery Jobs Portal

Are you searching for a job related to Hurricane Irma recovery and relief? Visit the Hurricane Irma Recovery Jobs Portal at https://irma.employflorida.com/vosnet/Default.aspx.

Hurricane Irma Recovery Jobs (For Employers)

If you are a public/governmental or nonprofit agency and looking to provide temporary jobs to assist with humanitarian aid, cleanup and restoration activities, please post your job order at https://ext.careersourcebroward.com/Disaster-Assistance.

If you are a for-profit business and looking to provide temporary jobs to assist with humanitarian aid, cleanup, and restoration activities, please post your job order at https://irma.employflorida.com/vosnet/Default.aspx.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (Administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity)

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) provides assistance to individuals whose employment has been either lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster, as declared by the President of the United States. DUA is available to unemployed workers or self-employed individuals who became unemployed as a direct result of the disaster. DUA is also available to those individuals who became the breadwinner, or major support provider, due to the death of the head of household and as a direct result of the disaster. Claims can be filed online at www.floridajobs.org or by calling 1-800-385-3920. The deadline for Florida residents to apply was extended to Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Applications filed after the Nov. 14, 2017, deadline will be considered untimely and DUA benefits may be denied unless applicants provide good cause. For more information, click here. To learn more about the application process, click here


If you received food stamps prior to the hurricane and your food is spoiled, you may complete the Food Assistance Replacement Authorization form and fax it to the Florida Department of Children and Families at 1-866-886-4342. Customers must have received benefits in the month of September to receive the replacement benefits. The form can be found here


Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program

The bridge loan program supports businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma by providing short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm. The program bridges the gap between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance. Applications must be completed by Nov. 30, 2017; apply at www.floridadisasterloan.org. For more information, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 850-898-3489 or email Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org.

Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center Business Assessment Survey

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) activated the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) Business Damage Assessment survey to gather information on how Hurricane Irma may have affected local business operations. The program will survey businesses affected by Hurricane Irma and share the results with various state and local agencies to implement appropriate relief programs. Affected local businesses should complete a Business Damage Assessment survey that will be used to determine if emergency support programs there are available to help. The survey can be obtained at http://flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Customers who wish to apply for FEMA assistance in response to Hurricane Irma are asked to go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov. The direct webpage related to Hurricane Irma can be found by visiting www.fema.gov/disaster/4337.