While most Floridians were affected by Irma in some way, not everyone would be considered a critical need.
“Look at your situation and decide, I really do need outside help. If you need outside help, that’s what we’re here for," said Keith St. Clair, a FEMA representative.
And while it's not necessary, FEMA says it's helpful to bring any documentation for ruined items in your home, including photos or receipts. Basically anything you would submit for a home insurance claim.
“Those are the same type of things that are going to help FEMA be able to be able to prove your losses and process it quicker.”
He said FEMA is not a replacement for having insurance. FEMA will also send out a contractor to assess the damage to your property when you make a claim, St. Clair said.
Now, Suddard has more hope than she's had in weeks
“It was worth the hour drive here and the hour drive home to actually speak with someone and get the help that’s needed," she said.