TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Time to register for disaster assistance is running out for north Floridians who suffered property damage or other losses as a result of the storms and flooding of late March through early May.
June 29 is the deadline to apply for federal-state disaster assistance.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance was approved for eligible homeowners, renters and businesses in the following counties: Calhoun, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington.
Recovery officials from FEMA and the State Emergency Response Team urge everyone, including those still waiting for insurance settlements or other documentation, to register for disaster assistance as soon as possible.
Registration is easy. Apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Representatives are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT. Multilingual specialists are available.
June 29 is also the deadline for homeowners, renters and businesses of any size to return applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for loans to cover disaster-related damages to real and personal property.
Officials urge everyone who has received an SBA application after registering with FEMA to complete the form and return it - even if they are not seeking a loan. The SBA application must be filed by June 29 to be considered for some types of FEMA aid.
Information about SBA programs is available by calling toll-free 800-659-2955 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
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.