More Floridians are now eligible for federal disaster assistance after President Donald Trump expanded his Major Disaster Declaration for the state Wednesday.
The federal disaster area now includes individual assistance for residents in the following counties: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia counties.
President Trump made the initial disaster declaration Sunday, at the request of Governor Scott. It's important because it clears the way for federal funding to flow directly to storm victims, and allows for reimbursements to local and state governments working to aid in the response and recovery.
ABC 7 spoke with the governor's office Wednesday evening, and learned Gov. Scott has requested a disaster declaration for the entire state.
If you live in one of the declared disaster areas, there are several ways you can apply for FEMA assistance:
- Apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
- Call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-3362; those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
Before you start your application, have the following information and a pen and paper ready.
Social Security Number
You, another adult member or minor child in your household must have a Social Security number. You or they must also be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
If you don't have a Social Security number, read the article How do I apply for a new or replacement Social Security number card? You will get instructions on what to do and what documents you will need.
Once you have your number, you may come back to DisasterAssistance.gov or call FEMA at one of the phone numbers above to apply.
Describe the type(s) of insurance coverage you have. This could include coverage under policies like homeowners, flood, automobile, or mobile home insurance.
Describe the damage caused by the disaster. Include the type of disaster (like flood, hurricane, or earthquake) and the type of dwelling or vehicle (like a condo, mobile home or house, or a car or truck).
Provide your total annual household income, before taxes, at the time of the disaster.
Provide the address and phone number of the property where the damage occurred and the address and phone number of where a FEMA representative can reach you now.
Direct Deposit Information (optional)
If approved, FEMA can deposit your funds directly into your bank account. You just need to provide the following banking information:
- Bank name
- Type of account (like checking or savings)
- Routing number
- Account number