TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- People affected by late March flooding in north Florida who have legal, permanent resident cards (INS Form I-551, often referred to as a "Green Card"), are eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance available in any of the 14 counties designated under a major disaster declaration by the president.
The 14 Individual Assistance counties are: Calhoun, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Lafayette, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Walton and Washington.
An individual or a pre-disaster member of a household must be a United States citizen, a non-citizen national or a qualified alien. In addition, a person who is not a qualified alien, but whose child is a citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien, may apply for assistance on behalf of the child.
Those with temporary tourist, student and work visas and with Temporary Resident Cards (INS Form I-688) are not considered qualified aliens.
It is not too late to apply for state-federal help. People who suffered uninsured or underinsured disaster-related losses should register by calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Those with a speech or hearing impairment may call TTY 800-462-7585 and apply. Multilingual operators are available. The toll-free registration lines 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 (DRC).
Once registered, applicants can visit a DRC to check on their cases, answer questions about their claims, or provide information FEMA needs to process their claims. Recovery specialists can also supply contacts for other programs that may be able to help.
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.