TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- While more than $6 million in disaster assistance has already been approved for those who suffered losses from the Volusia County flooding of May 17-May 28, there are only 30 more days to apply for federal aid.
July 27 is the last day to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance.
FEMA may help eligible applicants pay for uninsured or underinsured home repairs, temporary housing, personal property and other serious unmet disaster-related needs through its grant programs.
Registration can be done online at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by calling FEMA's toll free Registration and Helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for the hearing- or speech-impaired. The phone lines are open daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT. Multilingual specialists are available.
Recovery officials from FEMA and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) urge everyone - including those still waiting for insurance settlements or other documentation - to register for disaster assistance as soon as possible.
Homeowners, renters and businesses of any size may also be eligible for low-interest U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to cover disaster-related damages to real and personal property.
For more information about disaster loans from SBA, contact the toll free Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339. Representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure Web site at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela or visit SBA's Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
Meanwhile, June 29 is the deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits. DUA is a federally funded program that assists individuals who become unemployed as a direct result of the declared disaster and who do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits.
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.