Today is the Last Day to Register for FEMA Assistance After Hurricane Irma in Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. – You have until 11:59 tonight, Friday, Nov. 24 to register with FEMA if you have damage caused by Hurricane Irma—in Florida—between Sept. 4 and Oct. 18, 2017.
How to register:
· Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service (VRS). If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. Help is available in many languages. Helpline numbers are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST, seven days a week.
· Download the FEMA Mobile App and apply.
If you have insurance, register. Why? Your insurance may not cover all your losses. If underinsured, you may be eligible to recover costs of necessary and serious disaster-related expenses through a FEMA grants program called Other Needs Assistance. The program provides financial assistance for:
· Personal property loss;
· Medical, dental and funeral expenses;
· Transportation repairs/replacement;
· New child care expenses or an increased burden of such expenses;
· Miscellaneous expenses such as dehumidifiers and chainsaws.
The deadline to submit an application for a Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loan also is at 11:59 tonight. Submitting a loan application does not imply acceptance of a loan; it’s a necessary step to being considered for other forms of disaster assistance.
For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster. Individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing may call 800-877-8339. SBA representatives are also available at any DRC or business recovery center.
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.