Hamilton County residents now eligible for FEMA assistance

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 12, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (WCTV) -- Homeowners, renters and business owners in Hamilton County may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma.

To be eligible for federal aid under FEMA's Individual Assistance Program, storm damage losses from the hurricane and flooding must have occurred as a result of Hurricane Irma between September 4 and October 18, 2017.

Hamilton County residents or those who suffered losses in Hamilton County should register with FEMA as soon as possible if those residents are not already registered.

For those who need to register, they can do so:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • The FEMA Mobile App
  • By Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.
  • The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week.
  • Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.

    Assistance for eligible survivors can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs.

    Long-term, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may also be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance and that do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

    Hamilton County residents should contact their insurance company to file an insurance claim. FEMA does not duplicate insurance payments. However, survivors may still receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.

    For more information on Hurricane Irma and Florida recovery, click here.



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