TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- In just seven days, more than $1 million in federal disaster assistance has been sent to survivors who suffered losses related to the recent storms and flooding in north Florida, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials said today.
This action followed a federal disaster declaration that now affects 14 Florida counties designated for individual assistance to people who had uninsured or underinsured losses related to the storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding following the violent weather that began on March 26.
At the close of business Tuesday, May 5, FEMA data reflect action that includes:
- Most of the $1,103,819 disbursed - $954,997 - went to people in need of housing assistance.
- 57 persons requesting other help such as medical, dental or transportation needs received a total of $29,064.
- 427 people in the 14 counties had registered with FEMA for assistance.
- 393 requests for home inspections were issued, with 84 inspections remaining.
It's Not Too Late To Apply For Assistance
People who suffered disaster-related losses should register by calling FEMA at 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Those with a speech or hearing impairment may call TTY 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available. A Helpline is available at the numbers. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time seven days a week. Application for disaster assistance can also be made by registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov or at one of the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs).
After Registering, Visit a DRC if Questions Arise
Once registered, an applicant can visit one of the 12 Florida DRCs to check on a case, ask questions about a claim, or provide information FEMA needs to process a claim. Recovery specialists can also supply contacts for other programs that may be able to help. Local emergency management officials will help applicants locate the nearest DRC.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.