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Posted on: October 10, 2017

Deadline to apply for FEMA Individual Assistance for Hurricane Irma is Nov. 9

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Deadline to apply for FEMA Individual Assistance for Hurricane Irma is Nov. 9

Homeowners and renters who suffered damage as a result of Hurricane Irma have one month left to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for possible federal disaster assistance.

The 30-day registration timeframe 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.

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.

The quickest way to apply for federal assistance is online at www.disasterassistance.gov or through a smartphone or tablet at www.fema.gov/apply-assistance.

There are also four Disaster Recovery Centers in the Keys that people can apply in person. There are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and are located at:

Marathon: Marathon City Park, 3911 Overseas Highway,
Islamorada: Fire Station #20, 81850 Overseas Hwy
Big Pine Key: Big Pine Key Community Park, 31009 Atlantis Dr.
Key West: Fire Station #2, 616 Simonton St.

Today, there are also three FEMA mobile disaster survivor assistance teams going around in neighborhoods in Key Largo and Key Colony Beach to help people register. They will be wearing FEMA vests and never ask for money.

Survivors may also apply by phone at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service (VRS).

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 notcovered 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 www.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 www.disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

Get more information by visiting www.FEMA.gov/IrmaFL and FEMA’s Facebook page, and by following @FEMARegion4 on Twitter.
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