Florida Hurricane Sally (DR-4564-FL)
This is an active disaster. Apply for assistance.
Incident Period: September 14, 2020 - September 28, 2020
Declaration Date: September 23, 2020
|Total Housing Assistance (HA) - Dollars Approved||$21,683,201.05|
|Total Other Needs Assistance (ONA) - Dollars Approved||$6,095,587.72|
|Total Individual & Households Program Dollars Approved||$27,778,788.77|
|Individual Assistance Applications Approved||6787|
|Total Public Assistance Grants Dollars Obligated||$0.00|
|Hazard Mitigation Assistance||Amount|
|Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) - Dollars Obligated||$0.00|
- The State of Florida and FEMA remind residents planning to rebuild after Hurricane Sally to consult with their community’s building or planning department first to see if permits are necessary before work can start. Do not rely solely on the contractor’s opinion as to whether permits are required. To find local building contacts, go to https://www.stateofflorida.com/cities/ if you live in a municipality or https://www.stateofflorida.com/florida-counties/ if you live in an unincorporated area.
- Contractors should be licensed and insured. The State of Florida provides residents the ability to look up contractor licensing information online at https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp
- For a video on making your roof wind-resistant, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8PhTekho3s.
Mobile Registration Intake Centers
FEMA mobile registration centers in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties have closed permanently. The State of Florida and FEMA have determined that these centers have satisfied the need for helping Hurricane Sally survivors in the area register for disaster assistance.
It is not necessary to visit a center to register with FEMA. Disaster survivors with uninsured losses can also apply by:
- Visiting DisasterAssistance.gov;
- Downloading the FEMA App; or by
- Calling 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY). Multilingual operators are available. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should provide FEMA with their specific phone number assigned to that service.
The deadline to register is Dec. 1, 2020.
The following information is necessary when you register:
- Address of the damaged dwelling where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
- Current mailing address
- Current telephone number
- Insurance information
- Total household annual income
- Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account)
- A description of disaster-caused damage and losses
How to register for FEMA assistance
Homeowners and renters in Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties who had uninsured losses from Hurricane Sally can register with FEMA in several ways:
- By visiting DisasterAssistance.gov
- Downloading the FEMA App for smartphones
- Calling 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY). Multilingual operators are available. The toll-free numbers are open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should provide FEMA with their specific phone number assigned to that service.
The deadline to register with FEMA for disaster assistance is Dec. 1, 2020.
Survivors are encouraged to set up a disaster account with FEMA online.
- Go to DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Select “Apply Online” and follow instructions. You will be asked for your Zip Code and connected to Hurricane Sally disaster assistance.
- A PIN will be sent to the email address on file. You can then log into your account.
- Documents can be uploaded in the Upload Center.
After you register
After you apply for federal disaster assistance, it is important that FEMA be able to contact you. Be aware that phone calls from FEMA may appear to come from unidentified numbers and make sure that FEMA has your current contact information. FEMA may call to obtain more information for your application or to conduct a remote home inspection in order to be able to continue processing your application.
Applicants for FEMA assistance will receive a letter from FEMA by mail or email. It is important to read it carefully because it will include the amount of any assistance FEMA may provide to you and information on the appropriate use of disaster assistance funds. You may need to submit additional information for FEMA to continue to process your application. If you have questions about the letter, go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY).
After you apply for disaster assistance from FEMA, you may be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). It is important to submit a disaster loan application as soon as possible. If your application is approved, you are not obligated to accept an SBA loan. But failure to return the application will disqualify you from other possible FEMA assistance, such as disaster-related car repairs, clothing, household items and other expenses.
By the numbers (11/11/2020)
- 5,744 individuals and households approved for $23.8 million in FEMA assistance, including:
- $18.7 million approved for housing assistance
- $5.1 million approved for other disaster-related needs
- 10,681 home inspections completed
- $46.8 million in SBA loans approved
- 4,422 claims filed with the National Flood Insurance Program; $72.5 million paid
FEMA Public Assistance (PA)
Under the major disaster declaration, FEMA is authorized to provide Public Assistance for debris removal, emergency measures and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged public facilities such as roads and bridges, water control facilities, buildings and equipment, utilities and parks for the following counties:
- Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington.
For guidance on debris removal processes, residents should contact their local government.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Business owners, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help recover from losses not covered by insurance, grants or other services.
For additional information about SBA disaster loans, the loan application process, or for help completing the SBA application, visit SBA’s secure website at https://DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email FOCE-Help@sba.gov to make an appointment for assistance over the phone. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 800-877-8339.
For in-person assistance with an SBA disaster loan, visit the Business Recovery Centers, open 7 days a week, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., at East Pensacola Heights Clubhouse, 3208 E. Gonzalez St., Pensacola, FL 32503; or Bridgeway Center, Building C, 205 Shell Ave., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.
- Florida 211: The call goes to local helpline call centers that have counselors for disaster recovery and can provide information on access to local resources such as housing, food and health care. Dial: 211
- Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Consumer Services has resources for consumers seeking to file insurance complaints.
- Florida Department of Businesses and Professional Regulation (DBPR) offers tips for hurricane recovery at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/documents/HurricaneGuide_web.pdf
- DBPR tips for avoiding unlicensed contractors following a storm: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/unlicensed-activity/dbpr-hurricane-guide/
- Disaster Legal Services provides free legal help to low-income Hurricane Sally survivors with disaster-related legal needs. Call 866-550-2929.
Recovery will take many years after a disaster. Cash is the best way to help those in need.
Find a reputable organization through the National Voluntary Organizations Active in a Disaster (NVOAD) website.
Doing Business With FEMA
If you are interested in providing paid services and goods for Hurricane Sally relief, follow the steps on our Doing Business with FEMA page to get started.
Help After A Disaster
I Applied For Assistance. What's Next?
You will receive notification letters from FEMA either by U.S. mail or by electronic correspondence. You may need to verify your identity or complete a home inspection.
"Help After a Disaster" Brochures
Translated into 27 languages, the "Help After a Disaster" brochure is a tool that can be shared in your community to help people understand the types of FEMA Individual Assistance support that may be available in disaster recovery.
News and Information In Other Languages
News and Information
Designated Counties (Individual Assistance)
- Bay (County)
- Escambia (County)
- Okaloosa (County)
- Santa Rosa (County)
- Walton (County)