Time Is Running Out to Apply for FEMA Aid
Homeowners and renters who suffered damage from Hurricane Irma have until Nov. 9 to apply for FEMA aid.
TAMPA BAY – Homeowners and renters who suffered damage as a result of Hurricane Irma have until Nov. 9 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for possible federal disaster assistance, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.
The 30-day registration time frame is fast approaching for survivors to apply for disaster assistance from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Survivors of Hurricane Irma have 60 days from the Sept. 10 date of disaster declaration to apply for Individual Assistance.
Anyone who sustained a loss in any of the 48 Individual Assistance-designated Florida counties should register before the deadline even if they have insurance. Those include Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough and Hernando counties.
Federal disaster assistance may help eligible applicants with temporary housing, disaster-related uninsured personal property losses, medical, dental and funeral expenses, along with other disaster-related expenses and serious needs.
Survivors must register with FEMA to be considered for federal disaster assistance even if they have contacted the state, their local emergency management agency, the American Red Cross or other charitable organizations.
Survivors may also apply by phone 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. Information on the registration process is available in American Sign Language at: fema.gov.
Next to insurance, SBA low-interest disaster loans are the survivor’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged property.
Low-interest disaster loans from the SBA are also available to help with residential and business losses not covered by insurance. Businesses of all sizes, homeowners, and renters may obtain information on SBA disaster loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 or online at SBA.gov. For those who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-877-8339. They may also apply for disaster loans at disasterloan.sba.gov.
For information about Bill Nelson, go to billnelson.senate.gov.
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