President Trump Declared Florida a Major Disaster
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on Sunday President Donald Trump approved federal disaster assistance that would be made available to individuals and governments in Florida for areas affected by Hurricane Irma beginning 4 September and continuing.
A press release from FEMA outlined the assistance available to “supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts” in the areas affected by the hurricane.
Individuals in Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas and Sarasota counties will be able to apply for grants for temporary housing or repairs to their homes, low-cost loans for uninsured property losses and other programs to recover losses from the effects of the storm.
Local governments and some non-profit organizations will also be able to apply for federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures.
Justo Hernández will be the Federal Coordinating Officer for the federal recovery operations in the affected areas and additional locales will possibly be named after officials are able to conduct damage assessments, the press release said.
Individuals and business owners interested in the programs available can apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
Here are the federal aid prograams available for the state of Florida as provided by FEMA:
Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump’s disaster declaration issued for the state of Florida.
Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:
- Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters. Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
- Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
- Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, municipality and charitable aid programs. (Source: FEMA funded at 75% of total eligible costs; 25% funded by the state.)
- Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals. (Source: FEMA funded; state administered.)
- Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance. Loans available up to $200,000 for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses. Loans available up to $2-M for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
- Loans up to $2-M for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster’s adverse economic impact. This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed a total of $2-M. (Source: US Small Business Administration.)
- Loans up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence. (Source: Farm Service Agency, US Department of Agriculture.)
- Other relief programs: Crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster; income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; advisory assistance for legal, veterans’ benefits and social security matters.
How to Apply for Assistance:
Assistance for the State, Tribal and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:
- Payment of not less than 75% of the eligible costs for debris removal (Categories A). Debris removal assistance, including direct federal assistance, is available to state, tribal, and local governments on a cost-sharing basis. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
- For a period of 30 days from the start of the incident period, FEMA is authorized to provide federal funding for emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance, taken to save lives and protect property and public health at 100% of the total eligible costs. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
- Payment of not more than 75% of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by the state or tribe to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)
How to Apply for Assistance:
Application procedures for the state, tribal and eligible local governments will be explained at a series of applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.