Jorge Torrez hugs his son Jayden, 12, as they sit on a wall overlooking their flooded home in Live Oak Fla., Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Dozens of homes and much of the downtown area was flooded by torrential rains from Tropical Storm Debby. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
ATLANTA – July 10, 2012 -
Two weeks after Tropical Storm Debby struck Florida, $5.3 million in state and federal aid has been approved to help those affected by the storm and flooding.
Almost 3,500 survivors have contacted the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help or information regarding disaster assistance. Some are seeking housing assistance from FEMA because the flooding has made their home unlivable or inaccessible.
Other forms of disaster assistance are provided by partner agencies such as the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the Small Business Administration. FEMA refers survivors to those agencies. Businesses are also referred to the SBA. Other callers may be interested in disaster unemployment assistance, crisis counseling or legal aid.
The following is a snapshot of the disaster recovery effort as of July 9:
932 households already approved for FEMA grants that assist with temporary rentals and personal property loss.
$4.7 million approved for housing grants, including short-term rental assistance and home repair costs.
More than $551,000 approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions.
1,715 home inspections completed.
620 visits to disaster recovery centers by people affected by the disaster.
5 disaster recovery centers currently open.
No matter the degree of loss or insurance coverage, survivors are urged to apply for help. They can use any of the following methods:
By phone, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Assistance is available in most languages. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585.
Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
By tablet or smartphone, use the FEMA app or go to m.fema.gov.
Businesses that need help may contact the Small Business Administration at the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339), send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ to apply.