TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- More than $3 million in federal disaster aid has been approved to help north Florida residents recover from losses caused by the late March storms and flooding across north Florida.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance was approved for eligible homeowners, renters and businesses in 17 counties designated as disaster areas eligible for Individual Assistance. The counties are Calhoun, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington.
While federal and state officials continue to respond to the serious needs of people and communities who suffered losses in this event, they are strongly urging everyone to review and update their disaster plans now before Hurricane Season begins. Floridians may go online to www.floridadisaster.org or www.ready.gov to get information about developing personal, family, or business plans.
Officials from the FEMA and State Emergency Response Team (SERT) continue to encourage people living in the designated counties who suffered uninsured damages or underinsured losses related to the March 26 - May 5 storms and flooding to register for FEMA's help.
Eligible residents have until June 29 to register and should call toll-free 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. local time. Operators are available seven days a week between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. An application can also be made on FEMA's new Web site, www.disasterassistance.gov at any time. A person may also track the status of an application on the Web site.
Here is a summary of assistance to individuals through May 28, 2009:
- $2,440,407 in total housing, and other needs have been approved.
- Of that amount, $2,203,878 has been approved for housing expenses, including temporary rental assistance, home repair costs and assistance toward replacing destroyed homes.
- $236,530 has been approved for "Other Needs" to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions not covered by other resources or programs.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $654,200 in loans to
- homeowners, renters, and business owners.
- 1,378 applicants registered for FEMA disaster assistance.
- 1,384 people visited one of the 14 Disaster Recovery Centers in designated counties while they were operating through May 22.
- 921 home inspections to confirm disaster damage have been completed.
- Teams of state and FEMA Community Relations field specialists continue to work in the affected counties to help identify and assist disaster survivors. Specialists providing information about the recovery process, have visited:
- 5133 residents
- 923 businesses
- 478 faith-based groups
- 186 community organizations
- 23 schools
- 104 emergency managers, fire and law enforcement officials
- 51 government officials
- 19 post offices
Here is a county breakdown of FEMA disaster funds approved through May 28:
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