FEMA Disaster Assistance

I highly encourage all Hurricane Irma survivors to apply for FEMA assistance. You may be eligible for one or more types of financial aid such as lodging reimbursement, rental assistance (If you lost power for five days or more) and miscellaneous items (food, water, diapers, prescriptions, and more).
For shelter information, volunteering, and more visit www.irmaresponse.org

The following counties in Florida are eligible for assistance:
Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, Volusia.

To begin, have the following available for the registration process


If you need further information or assistance:
Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). This number is also for users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585. Helpline services are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.
Call FEMA's Internet Help Desk at 1-800-745-0243. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Post-Application Instructions

Popular Referrals

Disaster Loans

Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.
P: 800.659.2955

Emergency Food

There are food pantries located throughout Florida distributing food to those who are having difficulties purchasing food. To locate your closest food pantry, please dial 2-1-1.


Visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov to apply for FEMA assistance online. If you experience difficulty applying online, you may also call 800.621.3362 / TTY 800.462.7585 to apply during standard hours of operation (7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time), 7 days a week. You can also check your application status at DisasterAssistance.gov. Survivors have 60-days from the date of a declaration for Individual Assistance to apply for assistance.
P: 800.621.3362

FEMA Lodging (hotel/motel)

The Emergency Lodging Assistance program provides lodging reimbursement for pre-qualified individuals from designated disaster areas. The Federal Emergency Management Agency created the program to provide temporary shelter as a result of a Federal disaster declaration. To qualify, you must contact FEMA. P: 800.621.3362

Food Stamp Authorization Form (Only for customers currently receiving food stamp benefits)

To report food loss or to request replacement benefits, Food Stamp Customers can obtain the Food Assistance Replacement Authorization Form at http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/DCFForms/Search/OpenDCFForm.aspx?FormId=597

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