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2019-01-16 17:23 - News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – FEMA and retailers in Jackson and Leon counties are teaming up Jan.17-23 to provide free information and literature on making homes stronger and safer, as Floridians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by Hurricane Michael. FEMA specialists will be on hand in Marianna and Tallahassee to answer questions and offer home improvement guidance with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters. Most of the information and the free publications are tailored for do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

2019-01-15 13:05 - News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –- Florida survivors of Hurricane Michael will have additional time to file proof-of-loss claims for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) following FEMA’s decision to extend the filing period.

2019-01-11 13:03 - News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The State/FEMA disaster recovery center in Port St. Joe will close permanently at 1 p.m. Saturday Jan. 12, but help is still available. Many of the same services are also available by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. The center in Wewahitchka remains open and available to provide information and guidance for Hurricane Michael survivors in their recovery. Five other centers are also available.

2019-01-10 21:20 - News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Free counseling services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help those dealing with stress caused by Hurricane Michael. Survivors can call 800-985-5990 (TTY 800-846-8517) or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to be immediately connected with trained, caring professional counselors who will help them through disaster-related emotional distress. 

2019-01-10 13:07 - News Release

TALLAHASEE, Fla. –Three months after Hurricane Michael made landfall, communities continue recovery efforts with support from the State of Florida and federal agencies. More than $835.4 million in federal funds has been provided for homeowners, renters, businesses and flood insurance policyholders as of Jan. 9.

2019-01-09 18:25 - News Release

As of Jan. 4 Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Liberty County residents have received more than $6 million in total federal funds:  More than $1 million in federal grants have gone to almost 372 homeowners and renters.  More than $4.9 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 151 homeowners and renters and five businesses. Housing Assistance:

2019-01-09 18:23 - News Release

As of Jan. 4, unless otherwise noted Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Leon County residents have received more than $4.4 million in total federal funds:  More than $856,230 in federal grants have gone to 441 homeowners and renters.  Nine flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $69,000 in claims have been paid. (As of Dec. 14)

2019-01-09 18:21 - News Release

As of Jan. 4, unless otherwise noted Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, residents of Jackson County have received more than $56.2 million in total federal funds:  3,761 individuals and households have been approved for nearly $13 million in federal grants.  14 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $143,084 in claims have been paid. (As of Dec. 14)

2019-01-09 18:19 - News Release

As of January 4Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Holmes County residents have received more than $1.79 million in total federal funds:  More than $445,500 in federal grants have gone to almost 219 homeowners and renters.  More than $1.34 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 52 homeowners and renters and three businesses. Housing Assistance:

2019-01-09 18:16 - News Release

As of Jan. 4, unless otherwise noted Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Gulf County residents have received more than $111 million in total federal funds:  1,766 individuals and households have been approved for more than $10.1 million in federal grants.  955 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $55.3 million in claims have been paid. (As of Dec. 14)