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Florida State and Local Level Referrals
When a disaster occurs, local governments often work together with community leaders and organizations to provide on-the-ground emergency management. You may also reference our national-level referrals list.
Please contact us with questions or corrections.
For reference, the local resources we list provide disaster recovery services in the categories noted below.
For reference, see the full list of disaster recovery service categories covered in the below local resource list.
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Florida State and Local Level Referrals
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|Category||Entity||Type of Assistance||Telephone Number|
|Access and Functional Needs and Disabilities||Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)||Information on state and private resources available for citizens with disabilities.||866-273-2273|
|Access and Functional Needs and Disabilities||Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing||Counseling, training, communications devices, and interpreter services.||866-602-3275|
|Access and Functional Needs and Disabilities||Disability Rights Florida (DRF)||Statewide designated protection and advocacy system for individuals w/disabilities in the State. Services are free and confidential.||800-342-0823|
|Access and Functional Needs and Disabilities||Florida Association of Centers For Independent Living||A database for locating local Centers for independent living.||866-575-6004|
|Access and Functional Needs and Disabilities||Disability Resource Center||Information on state and private resources available for citizens with disabilities.||850-769-6890;|
|Aging Services||Florida Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)||Resource directory from Department of Elder Affairs||800-963-5337|
|Aging Services||Senior Never Alone Program (Miami-Dade County)||This service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organization. Online live chat available.||786-537-2400|
Online Live Chat
|Agricultural Aid||USDA -Florida - Farm Service Agency Office||USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides emergency loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding, other natural disasters, or quarantine.||352-379-4500|
Florida USDA Rural Development Office - Single Family Housing Programs
|USDA Rural Development provides low interest mortgages, guaranteed mortgages, 1% interest mortgages for seniors, loans for repairs and mortgage payment assistance for families living in rural areas.||352-338-3400|
|Consumer Services||Florida Attorney General's Office||Information on price gouging and consumer complaint services.||866-966-7226|
|Contractors||Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulations -Construction Industry Licensing Board||Contractor's license verification and consumer complaints services.||850-487-1395|
|Crisis Counseling||Community Crisis Suicide Services||24-hour and toll-free suicide prevention service available to all those in suicidal crisis who are seeking help.||Emergency: 911|
|Crisis Counseling||SMA Healthcare||24-hour and toll-free suicide prevention service available to all those in suicidal crisis who are seeking help.||Emergency: 911|
|Crisis Counseling||211 Switchboard|
Miami / Jewish Community Services of South Florida
|24-hour and toll-free suicide prevention service available to all those in suicidal crisis who are seeking help.||Emergency: 911 |
|Disaster Unemployment Assistance||Florida Dept of Economic Opportunity||When Disaster Unemployment Assistance is activated, the agency will provide disaster information.|
This assistance provides weekly beneﬁt payments to those out of work due to the disaster, including self-employed persons, farm and ranch owners, and others not covered under regular unemployment insurance programs.
|Environment||Florida Department of Environmental Protection|
Public gateway for locating information, answering questions, processing records requests, & reporting problems
|Essential Needs||Department of Children & Families ACCESS Florida Information Line||Information and application assistance in filing for food stamps, temporary cash assistance, medicaid||850-300-4323|
|Essential Needs||Florida Department of Children and Families||Information and application assistance in filing for food stamps.||866-762-2237|
Customer Call Center:
|Essential Needs||Florida Dept. of Health - Florida WIC Program||Nutrition evaluation and monthly vouchers to receive free supplemental, highly nutritious foods such as cereal, cheese, milk, eggs, peanut butter and dried beans.||800-342-3556|
|Essential Needs||FEEDING FLORIDA||This website refers applicants to all food banks in the State of Florida||211|
|Essential Needs||Catholic Charities of Central Florida||Catholic Charities provides referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.||211|
|Essential Needs||All Faiths Food Bank||Referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.||941-379-6333|
|Essential Needs||America's Second Harvest of Tampa Bay||Referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.||813-254-1190|
|Essential Needs||America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Inc.||Referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.||850-562-3033|
|Essential Needs||Bread of the Mighty||Referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.||352-336-0839|
|Essential Needs||Bay Area Food Bank - Panhandle||Referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.||Main: 251-653-1617|
Mississippi Branch: 228-896-6979
|Essential Needs||Feeding South Florida||Referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.||Broward:|
Palm Beach: 561-331-5441
|Essential Needs||Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida||Referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.||239-334-7007|
|Essential Needs||Feeding Northeast Florida||Referrals to organizations providing emergency food assistance.||904-513-1333|
|Family & Protective Services||Florida Abuse Hotline||Online reporting tool is available to professionally-mandated reporters, as well as the general public, as an additional avenue to report suspected cases of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or exploitation of children or vulnerable adults. The online reporting tool is in addition to the existing toll free line.||Emergency: 911|
|Financial Assistance||Florida Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)||The Florida Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency.||Call Center: 850-300-4323|
|Fraud||Florida Office of the Attorney General||Information about consumer protection, fraud reporting, and consumer alerts.||Fraud/Price Gouging: 866-966-7226|
Lemon Law: 800-321-5366
|Health Care Services||Department of Child & Family Access Florida Information Line (Medicaid)||Referrals to local state assisted medical facilities and information on how to apply for Medicaid.||888-419-3456|
TTY: 711 or 800-955-8771
|Health Care Services||Florida Kidcare - CHIPS Program||Information and application assistance in applying for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIPS) which provides free or low cost medical insurance for children.||888-540-5437|
|Housing||Florida Social Serve.com - Housing Resource Helpline||Socialserve.com is a non-profit organization that assist tenants and agencies in finding affordable housing for callers free of charge. Using a toll-free number, callers work with trained, bilingual call center specialists to find affordable housing.||877-428-8844|
|Identity Theft||Florida Attorney General's Office||Information on price gouging and consumer complaint services.||866-966-7226|
|Insurance||Florida Department of Financial Services -Toll Free Helpline||General insurance information and fraud reporting services.||877-693-5236|
|Legal Services||The Florida Bar||Information about lawyer services||850-561-5600|
|Legal Services||The Florida Bar - Pro Bono Lawyer Referral Sve. (Legal Aid)||Lawyer Referral Service||850-561-5600|
|Legal Services||Florida Lawyer Referral Service||Under the Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service, lawyers charge nominal fees for the initial 1/2 hour office consultation..|
The Bar has four specialty panels: Low-Fee, Elderly, Disability and AIDS. If
personal circumstances qualify for referral to one of these specialty panels, client will receive a free initial 1/2 hour office consultation.
|Legal Services||Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Helpline||To speak directly to an attorney and receive free legal advice||800-405-1417|
Online directory for local offices
|Legal Services||Florida Rural Legal Services||Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. is a non-profit law firm dedicated to providing quality civil legal advice, representation and education for low income people and communities.||888-582-3410|
|Legal Services||Legal Services of North Florida Helpline||LSNF provides services and aid to individuals and families with the most critical legal problems.||Tallahassee: 850-385-9007|
Fort Walton Beach:
Panama City: 850-769-3581
|Legal Services||Senior Legal Helpline||The Senior Legal Helpline provides free legal advice and brief services by telephone appointment to eligible Florida residents age 60 and older, for civil (not criminal) legal problems. Also makes referrals to state and local regulatory agencies, and when it is determined that court representation is necessary, helps seniors find legal providers in their communities.||888-895-7873|
|Roadside Assistance||My Florida 511 - Traveler Information Service||Recorded road conditions.||511|
|Roadside Assistance||Florida Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles - Road Closure Website||Road closure website look up.|
|Tax Preparation||Florida Department of Revenue||Tax information for individuals and families.|
E-services for file and pay of taxes, fees, and remittances.
E-services for child support.
|Veterans Services||Florida Department of Veterans Affairs||Information and referral services for state administered veteran benefits.|
Copies of public records, benefits and services, and State Veterans' Homes.
|Vital Statistics||Florida Department of Motor Vehicles||Replacement drivers licenses, auto registrations, and title services.||850-617-2000|
|Vital Statistics||Florida Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics||Replacement birth/death/marriage certificates and other vital document services.||904-359-6900|
|Volunteer||VOLUNTEERS SHOULD NOT SELF-DEPLOY|
Referrals Last Updated: April 2021