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Posted on: September 18, 2017

Applying for Irma-related Damage Assistance

FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Broward County to assist with registering for FEMA assistance. The address is:

Atrium West
7771 W. Oakland Park Blvd.
Sunrise, FL 33351

Open: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. seven days a week

Residents and business owners in designated areas who sustained damage due to Hurricane Irma, can also apply for assistance by registering online 

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. To learn more, call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585.

Don’t wait to clean up storm damage. Document damage with photos or videos. Follow guidance on our City's homepage when separating debris for collection.

Please take a few minutes to review the information provided below. You may be eligible for other temporary assistance and benefits.

HELP FOR SENIORS
If you know of a senior who needs assistance call 9-1-1 and contact the Florida Department of Elder Affairs hotline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337). To report elder abuse, call 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).

BASIC SUPPLIES
If you need supplies, such as food, water, or ice, please contact: http://www.floridadisaster.org/fl_county_em.asp or by phone at (850) 815-4001 for the location of the nearest distribution center.

FEMA ASSISTANCE
Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma should apply for assistance with FEMA as soon as their county is granted Individual Assistance. Financial help and direct services may be available from FEMA for clean-up, temporary housing, medical, moving expenses, and more. To apply visit: www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585. For a list of counties approved for Individual Assistance visit: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4337#. 

HELP FOR VETERANS
Veterans needing assistance or medication can contact the Veteran Disaster Hotline at 1-800-507-4571 or go to any VA medical facility for assistance.

DIALYSIS
To find a dialysis center in your area visit: http://www.dialysisunits.com/

MENTAL HEALTH
If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress please call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor. You may also visit: http://bit.ly/2vH2Huc for more information about managing stress after a disaster and talking with children about traumatic events.

TAX RELIEF
Floridians in counties granted Individual Assistance may be eligible for tax relief from the IRS. To learn more about IRS assistance for victims of Hurricane Irma visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/help-for-victims-of-hurricane-irma.

DISASTER RECOVERY LOANS
The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing various disaster loans to qualifying Floridians in several counties. For more information about SBA disaster loans visit:

www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-irma. The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides loans and assistance to qualifying individuals, businesses, and communities after disasters. For more information visit: https://www.usda.gov/topics/disaster/storms, or contact the USDA office in Florida at: (352) 338-3400.

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
Floridians who are unemployed as a result of the disaster are encouraged to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) through the U.S. Department of Labor. For additional information about DUA visit: https://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/disaster.asp or contact the U.S. Department of Labor by phone at 1-866-487-2365.

MORTGAGE RELIEF
To find out if you qualify for temporary mortgage relief such as a suspension of mortgage payments for up to 12 months, or suspension of late fees, visit the Freddie Mac website at: http://www.freddiemac.com/about/hurricane-relief.html. For additional information visit the Fannie Mae website at: http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-fm/hurricane-relief.html or by phone at 1-800-2FANNIE (800-232-6643).

HURRICANE RESPONSE HIRING
The U.S. Small Business Administration is hiring a variety of temporary positions located throughout Florida now through December 31, 2017. For more information visit: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-response-jobs-sba#section-header-4

ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE
For in-person assistance with storm related questions, or to apply for benefits you may visit your local FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. For a list of Centers in your area visit: http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm

Citizens can also call the local offices of their State and Federal representatives.

Fraud and Misinformation

Although many Americans are working hard to help their neighbors now, during chaotic times, some will always try to take advantage of the most vulnerable.

Visit https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma-rumor-control to get the most accurate information from trusted sources.

Federal and state workers do not ask for, or accept, money. FEMA staff will never charge applicants for disaster assistance, home inspections, or help filling out applications. Stay alert for false promises to speed up the insurance, disaster assistance, or building permit process.

Hurricane survivors are also encouraged to notify local authorities to cases of lawlessness or violence, especially in hurricane shelters. In an emergency, call 9-1-1. For other cases:

  • In Florida, report suspicious/criminal activity to 1-855-352-7233

Operation Blue Roof

Operation Blue Roof provides a temporary covering of blue plastic sheeting to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. The blue plastic sheeting is installed using strips of wood that are secured to the roof with nails or screws. This program is available at no cost to eligible primary homeowners in Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota counties. To learn more, please call: 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258). Information is provided in both English and Spanish through this single number.

Safety Reminders:

  • Keep generators outside and far away from windows, doors and vents. Read both the label on your generator and the owner's manual and follow the instructions.
  • Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage even if doors and windows are open.
  • Avoid plugging emergency generators into electric outlets or hooking them directly to your home's electrical system – they can feed electricity back into the power lines, putting you and line workers in danger.
  • Exercise caution when using chainsaws to clear debris. Wear proper safety gear when operating a chainsaw, including leather gloves, a hardhat, hearing protection and safety goggles. Never work alone and carry a whistle for emergencies.
  • Your phone is an important tool to ensure your family’s safety. Make sure to charge your phone and other electronic devices, as you may lose power for extended periods. A car charger is a handy backup to have so you don’t lose your ability to connect with family, friends and neighbors.
  • With many in affected areas still without power, consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have power.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages such as water or juice. Alcohol and caffeine will impede your body’s ability to absorb water and increase the likelihood of dehydration.

To register for disaster-related assistance
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