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FEMA Public Assistance Extended to eight Florida Counties

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Posted at 7:02 PM, Oct 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-22 18:04:14-04

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended federal emergency aid to eight Florida Counties. This is for disaster related expenses following Hurricane Hermine.

Federal assistance is now being provided in Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Levy, Pasco, and Pinellas counties.

This includes grants for homeowners and renters with damage to their primary residence. It also can provide Small Business Administration disaster loans to impacted businesses – and homeowners and renters.

Public Assistance is funding for state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Hermine.

Register for Assistance

·         Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by Hurricane Hermine from August 31 to September 11, 2016 are eligible to apply.

·         Registration is available by calling 800-621-3362.Online registration is available at DisasterAssistance.gov.

 

Types of FEMA Assistance

·         Federal disaster assistance for qualified applicants may include:

    • Money to rent a temporary place to live as needed.
    • Money for essential home repairs not covered by insurance.
    • Money for serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance — such as medical, dental, transportation, funeral expenses, moving and storage fees, personal property loss, and child care.
    • Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance.

·         Residents don’t have to wait for a FEMA housing inspection before repairing their properties.

·         Document losses thoroughly and take pictures of all damage to their property.

·         Keep receipts of all disaster-related purchases and expenses.