This suite of content is intended for use on your social media channels to explain FEMA’s disaster assistance programs. The content and visuals can help survivors navigate through the recovery process and get them the right information. Content is written for different social media platforms. In addition to any local area hashtags you may be using, please incorporate #FLRecovers into your messages as you are able for an additional signal boost.
Apply for assistance
If you live in Florida and were affected by Hurricane Irma, you can apply for assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. You can also apply by calling 800-621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service available) or 800-462-7585 (TTY)
If you were affected by #Irma, apply for assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362. #FLRecovers
Get help with your #IrmaRecovery this month by visiting one of our centers, calling 800-621-3362 or go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov #FLRecovers
#3WaystoApply for #IrmaHurricane help: Call 800-621-3362 (711/VRS ok, or 800-462-7585 TTY), apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or visit one of our recovery centers. Apply Today! #FLRecovers
#FL: Here’s the info you’ll need to apply for disaster assistance. Call 800-621-3362 or visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov #Irma #FLRecovers
What to expect after you apply for FEMA assistance
If you applied for assistance for Hurricane Irma, here's what you can expect next. Also, visit the disaster page for more resources and information like this: www.FEMA.gov/IrmaFL. #FloridaStrong
Filling out the SBA application
Waiting for your insurance settlement to come and need assistance now? Consider applying for an #SBALoan.
Have a question about your #SBA disaster loan application? Call 800-621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service available) and TTY 800-462-7585.
Florida: If you receive a disaster loan application, it is critical that you fill it out completely so FEMA can help you figure out what kind of aid is available to you. If you have questions at any point during the process, call us at 800-621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service available) and TTY 800-462-7585. You can also visit www.FEMA.gov/IrmaFL for more information.
For more information on how to appeal a FEMA decision, visit: www.FEMA.gov/IrmaFL.
Florida: If you or someone you know received a denial letter for disaster assistance from Hurricane Irma, you may only be missing small details on your application. Here are a few common reasons applicants are deemed ineligible:
- Lack of verification of occupancy of the damaged property;
- Proof of identity;
- No documentation of disaster damage;
- Coverage by an insurance policy.
The best way to contact FEMA regarding your denial letter is to visit a Disaster Recovery Center. To locate a center near you visit www.FEMA.gov/DRC. You can also call 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
Floridians: If you receive a decision letter from FEMA and you disagree with it, here’s what you should do:
- Read the letter carefully to find out why the decision was made. You may just need to provide more information, such as proof of occupancy or an insurance determination letter.
- Contact FEMA for help with filing an appeal or any questions. Call 800-621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service) and TTY 800-462-7585 or visit a disaster recovery center near you: www.FEMA.gov/DRC
- File a written appeal within 60 days of receiving your decision letter.
Tracking Storm Damage
Keep these tips in mind as you continue to clean up from #Irma.
Don't wait to clean up storm damage from #Irma. Track your disaster-related costs and take photos & videos of damage.
How to find a DRC
FL: Visit a Disaster Recovery Center to get help w/ #Irma recovery and connect w/FEMA, @FLSERT & @SBAgov. More info: www.FEMA.gov/IrmaFL
Florida residents: If you were affected by Hurricane Irma, visit a Disaster Recovery Center to meet one-on-one with FEMA, state representatives, and other partners to discuss:
- Available disaster assistance programs
- Registering for FEMA assistance
- Checking the status of your application
- Getting assistance from state agencies and voluntary organizations
- U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses
Disaster Recovery Centers also offer assistive technology such as amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request.
For more information about Hurricane Irma Recovery visit: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma
Volunteering / Donating
Looking to help after #Irma? Connect with trusted voluntary organizations & confirm what help is needed. Cash is often best.
Thank you for the outpouring of support for #Irma recovery. Please remember cash is best. www.volunteerflorida.org/irma
If you’re looking for information on how to help with the #Irma recovery, follow @VolunteerFla & visit www.volunteerflorida.org/irma
If you’re interested in helping with the Florida’s Hurricane Irma recovery, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- To help voluntary/nonprofit organizations on the ground, don’t drop off goods without checking what’s needed first.
- Cash is the best way of donating and offers the greatest flexibility in getting most-needed resources.
For more information on volunteering and donating, visit www.volunteerflorida.org/irma
Thank you for the outpouring of support for Florida’s Hurricane Irma recovery. Please remember that cash is best and visit www.volunteerflorida.org/irma for donation and volunteer opportunities.
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