The Recovery Bureau works to maximize disaster assistance to eligible public entities, individuals and families through various state and federal disaster assistance programs. After being requested by the governor, the president may sign a disaster declaration that includes both Individual and Public Assistance programs as authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.
Individuals and families need to apply for assistance through the FEMA Individual Assistance Program. Affected individuals and businesses can apply for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) telephone registration process using the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing impaired). Once the registration is complete, a copy of the registration/application will be sent to the applicant and if a need is identified, an inspector will be assigned to view the damaged property.
Public Entities (cities, counties and certain private non-profits that provide services of a governmental nature) may be eligible for assistance through FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program. Public Assistance grants reimburse eligible expenses to remove debris, protect life, health and safety as well as rebuild damaged infrastructure. A briefing is held in each affected county to assist potential applicants in qualifying for the Public Assistance Grant Program. Potential applicants can find out when briefings are scheduled and apply for Public Assistance through the State of Florida’s Public Assistance web portal at FloridaPA.org or may contact their local county Emergency Management agency. It is important that affected individuals and businesses stay informed, through press releases and public service announcements of filing deadlines and program requirements to retain their eligibility for programs that are available to assist them in their recovery efforts.
Stakeholders in need of technical assistance for meeting environmental compliance requirements or for debris management issues may be assisted through the Environment and Debris Section (EDS). Staff works closely with FEMA and applicants to ensure that National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance is met through the environmental review process. In addition, EDS can also provide assistance with the development and review of debris management plans, contracts and ordinances, monitoring programs, and other needs associated with disaster operations.
Please feel free to contact our office if we can be of additional assistance to you in your Recovery efforts.
Phone - (850) 413-9968
December 13, 2012 10:05