TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Nearly 1,300 north Floridians have registered for federal-state disaster assistance following the storms and flooding of late-March through early May and there are still a few days left for others to do the same.
June 29 is the deadline to apply for 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.
FEMA has approved $2,855,604 in assistance to individuals through June 23.
The bulk of that money - $2,565,476 - was approved for housing expenses, including temporary rental assistance, home repair costs and assistance toward replacing destroyed homes.
Another $290,128 was approved for other disaster-related needs such as medical expenses and lost personal possessions not covered by other resources or programs.
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.
The SBA has approved $1,224,700 in low-interest loans to households in the affected counties through June 23.
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’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.