ORLANDO, Fla. – Homeowners and renters in Hamilton County who had losses related to Hurricane Irma have about two weeks more to apply for federal disaster assistance.
The deadline to register for assistance from FEMA and to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is Friday, March 9.
Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance, but survivors may receive help for uncovered losses to help pay for basic home repairs, temporary rental assistance and replacing certain households items.
Homeowners and renters do not need to repay FEMA help.
Hurricane Irma survivors in Hamilton County may register in one of the following ways:
- Going online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585. Help is available in many languages. Helpline numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST, seven days a week.
- Information is available in ASL online at fema.gov/medialibrary/assets/videos/111546.
- Downloading the FEMA Mobile App to apply.
Survivors may also apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the SBA. They may submit applications online at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
There’s no obligation to accept a loan offer, but survivors may miss out on potential federal disaster assistance.
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.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.