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Assistance Programs and Declarations
Assistance Summary
Declaration Process and Frequently Asked Questions
Damage Assessments
Disaster Reservists

Public Notice

Public Notice FEMA-4280-DR-FL Hermine and FEMA-4283-DR-FL Matthew

Volunteer and Donation Information

VolunteerFlorida - Serves as Florida’s lead agency for volunteers & donations before, during, & after disasters. Individuals interested in helping following Hurricane Matthew may register online to volunteer.

Recovery Resources

211 Disaster Assistance - Many 211 locations provide answers, services and relief

The Emergency Food Assistance Program - The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. It provides food and administrative funds to States to supplement the diets of these groups. Find a TEFAP distribution facility near you -- map.

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

Veterans Assistance - Homeless Veterans needing assistance with housing, replacement of medications or medical care call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans: 1-877-424-3838. Combat Veterans can call 1-877-927-8387 for specific family assistance needs.

Hiring An Unlicensed Contractor Can Be Disastrous - Follow the steps outlined in the Natural Disaster Guide from Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to prevent becoming the victim of an unlicensed activity scam after a natural disaster.

Disaster Contractors Network -Disaster Contractors Network is an online tool that allows the general public to connect with contractors and suppliers when storm related services are in high demand or conversely allows contractors and suppliers to provide goods and services to the general public when storms or other natural disasters hit areas of Florida.

Insurance Inquiries - In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Floridians affected by the storm must now begin the process of surveying damages to their property and belongings. Use this resource to help find your Florida’s property insurance company’s website and contact information.

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) - policy holders with a flood loss must file Notice of Flood Loss with their flood insurance company promptly. They are also required to submit Proof of Loss directly to the flood insurance company within 60 days after the date of the flood loss.

Red Cross - is providing limited financial assistance for those who do not qualify for federal disaster assistance and have homes with major damage or have been destroyed. Call 800-768-8048 to register for assistance.

Photo Documentation App - It is important to document all damaged property and belongings. A free smartphone app developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners called “MyHome Scr.APP.book is available to assist with photo documentation.

Businesses Recovery

Business Assistance - track assistance programs specifically for businesses

Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center - businesses can access information and updates

Disaster Housing

FEMA Housing Portal - The FEMA Housing Portal is intended to help individuals and families, who have been displaced by a disaster, find a place to live. The portal consolidates rental resources identified and provided by federal agencies to help individuals and families find available rental units in their area.

Florida Housing Search - The housing locator service allows people to locate available housing that best fits their individual and family needs.

Department of Housing and Urban Development - Homeownwers in affected counties may be eligible for assistance for foreclosure relief and mortgage insurance.

More Disaster Housing Resources

Assistance Programs and Declarations

Florida Hurricane Matthew Major Disaster Declaration (DR-4283) on 10/7/16 declared Public Assistance for the counties indicated below and was amended on 10/17/16, 10/19/16, 10/24/16, 10/25/16, and 10/27/16 to include Public Assistance and Individual Assistance for additional counties as indicated below.

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan on 10/10/16 was made eligible for all 67 counties declared under a state of emergency in Executive Order 16-230.

Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance on 10/18/16 became eligible for the counties indicated below and was amended on 10/26/16 for additional counties.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance on 10/19/16 became eligible for the counties indicated below.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) natural disaster assistance on 11/14/16 became available to counties indicated below.

Tax Relief - Storm survivors in designated counties have until March 15, 2017, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments with the Internal Revenue Service. This includes an additional filing extension for those with valid extensions that ran out at midnight Oct. 17, 2016.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the counties designated below as declared for Individual Assistance can begin applying for assistance by:

  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA) between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.  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 a TTY my call 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available. 
Counties Individual Assistance Declaration Public Assistance Declaration Small Business Disaster Loan Assistance State Disaster Unemployment Assistance USDA Natural Disaster Assistance
Alachua   Declared
Economic Injury
   
Baker   Declared
Economic Injury
   
Bradford Declared
All Categories
Declared
Economic Injury
   

Brevard

Declared

Declared
All Categories
Declared
Physical and Economic Injury
Eligible
Apply by 11/21/16
 

Broward

 

Declared
All Categories
     
Clay Declared
All Categories
Declared
Economic Injury
   
Duval Declared Declared
All Categories
Declared
Physical and Economic Injury
Eligible
Apply by 11/23/16
 
Flagler Declared Declared
All Categories
Declared
Physical and Economic Injury
Eligible
Apply by 11/18/16
Declared
Indian River Declared Delcared
All Categories
Declared
Physical and Economic Injury
Eligible
Apply by 11/21/16
 
Lake Delcared
All Categories
Declared
Economic Injury
   
Marion   Declared
Economic Injury
   
Martin

Delcared
All Categories

     

Nassau

Declared Delcared
All Categories
Declared
Economic Injury
   
Okeechobee   Declared
Economic Injury
   
Orange Declared
All Categories
Declared
Economic Injury
   
Osceola   Declared
All Categories
Declared
Economic Injury
   
Palm Beach   Declared
All Categories
     
Putnam Declared Delcared
All Categories
Declared
Physical and Economic Injury
Eligible
Apply by 11/18/16
Declared
Seminole Declared Delcared
All Categories
Declared
Economic Injury
   
St. Johns Declared Delcared
All Categories
Declared
Physical and Economic Injury
Eligible
Apply by 11/18/16
Declared
St. Lucie Declared
All Categories
Declared
Economic Injury
Volusia Declared Delcared
All Categories
Declared
Physical and Economic Injury
Eligible
Apply by 11/18/16
Declared
Total Declared - 9
Declared - 18 Declared - 19 Eligible - 7 Declared - 4

Details on damage assessments for Public Assistance and Individual Assistance programs are provided below.

Individual Assistance

Individual Assistance from FEMA contains any or all of 5 different programs: Individuals & Households Program (IHP), Crisis Counseling, Disaster Unemployment Insurance, Disaster Case Management and Disaster Legal Services. The program that deals with money to survivors is IHP and provides funding for survivors based on their needs (uninsured losses), and factoring in other types of available assistance. The maximum grant under IHP for 2016-17 is $33,300, and the average grant nationwide is $4k-$6k for an eligible applicant or household.

Funds may be used for the following:

  • Temporary Housing
  • Lodging Reimbursement
  • Repair of Damage
  • Replacement of Housing Resources (including assistance with construction)
  • Other Needs Assistance (ONA), which includes disaster related:
    • Child care expenses
    • Medical, dental, funeral expenses
    • Replacing damaged personal property
    • Clean up of the primary residence
    • Repairing damage to an eligible vehicle

Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

Physical Disaster Loans:

  • To Individuals - low interest loans to allow for the repair or replacement of a primary residence and contents that are damaged or destroyed in a disaster. Limits to homeowners are up to $200k for the home itself, and up to $40k for contents (including cars). Limits for renters are up to $40k for contents (including cars)
  • To Businesses – low interest loans of up to $2 million to cover disaster losses due to disaster. Funds may not be used to upgrade or expand the business, except as may be required by building codes.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans:

  • To Small Businesses – Small businesses who cannot obtain credit elsewhere may apply for low interest loans available up to $2 million in order for the business to be able to meet
    financial obligations that otherwise would ordinarily have been met had the disaster not taken place. This is designed to be working capital to allow the business to survive until normal operations resume.

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program

This State of Florida program provides short term, interest free, working capital loans, which are intended to "bridge the gap" between the disaster event, and when the business obtains other long-term recovery resources (or resumes normal operations)

  • Loan amounts are available between $1k and $25k
  • Loans are interest free
  • Loan term is between 90 and 180 days; loans must be repaid in full by the end of the loan term
Declaration Process and Frequently Asked Questions

General Information for Disaster Recovery: The Florida Division of Emergency Management’s Recovery Bureau works to maximize disaster assistance to eligible public entities, individuals and families through various state and federal disaster assistance programs.
www.FloridaDisaster.org/Recovery

Presidential Disaster Declaration Process: A systematic and structured federal process exists to determine the eligibility for and to provide federal assistance as quickly as possible.
www.FloridaDisaster.org/Recovery/IndividualAssistance/DeclarationProcess/

Public Assistance Program: The objective of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program is to provide assistance to state, tribal, local governments and certain types of private non-profit organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the president.
www.FloridaDisaster.org/Recovery/PublicAssistance

Individual Assistance Program: Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding Federal Individual Assistance and the process by which it is made available.
www.FloridaDisaster.org/Recovery/IndividualAssistance/FAQ.html

Assistance Summary

With the Proof of Loss deadline upon us, NFIP policyholders who suffered damages or losses from Hurricane Matthew are reminded they must submit a Proof of Loss within 180 days from the date of loss.

National Flood Insurance Program - As of close of business on 03/09/17

  • The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has received 5,364 claims and approved nearly $170.3 million for Hurricane Matthew in the State of Florida. More than $22.5 million has been disbursed in advanced payments.

Individual Assistance

  • Housing Assistance: nearly $16.7 million
  • Other Needs Assistance: nearly $3 million

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Activity

  • Dollars approved: $76.4 million

Requests for Public Assistance - list of public assistance requests

Recovery Assistance

Assistance to Survivors Registration

  • Disaster assistance applicants with questions regarding their application status, or unmet needs are encouraged to stay in touch with FEMA the following ways:
    • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
    • On the FEMA Mobile App
    • Calling 800-621-3362 (621-FEMA) between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service/VRS may also call  800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • Second to insurance, SBA low-interest disaster loans are the primary source of federal assistance to rebuild disaster-damaged private property. SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private nonprofit organizations.
  • Although the application period for SBA disaster loans ended Dec. 16, 2016, applicants are reminded that SBA is still available to answer questions and assist with pending applications the following ways:
Damage Assessments

Public Assistance Damage Assessment (PA PDA) is conducted to determine eligibility for a presidential declaration for the Public Assistance Grant Program. The PA PDA process assesses the costs associated with Emergency Protective measures, Debris Removal, and Infrastructure Restoration to pre-disaster condition after deductions for insurance and any other federal program payments are made. If the total of these costs for both the affected counties and the state exceed the amount of assistance the state is able to provide, as established by the current fiscal year threshold developed by FEMA based on adjustments to the consumer price index, the state may then become eligible for a Public Assistance declaration. 
www.FloridaDisaster.org/Recovery/PublicAssistance

Individual Assistance Preliminary Damage Assessment (IA PDA) is conducted in order to guide State response efforts, assess the need for federal assistance and estimate disaster impact to businesses, individuals and families.
www.FloridaDisaster.org/Recovery/IndividualAssistance/IAPDamageAssessment

Counties Individual Assistance Damage Assessments Public Assistance Damage Assessments
Bradford   $197,607
Brevard Affected: 170
Minor: 113
Major: 43
Destroyed: 11
$7,308,292
Broward   $7,481,241
Clay Affected: 22
Minor: 33
Major: 1
Destroyed: 1
$6,358,900
Duval Affected: 79
Minor: 79
Major: 117
Destroyed: 15
$17,205,684
Flagler Affected: 314
Minor: 150
Major: 51
Destroyed: 8
$25,544,600
Indian River Affected: 2
Minor: 7
Major: 14
Destroyed: 3
$12,985,696
Lake   $2,638,189
Marion   $177,701
Martin   $10,638,723
Miami-Dade   $9,296,492
Nassau Affected: 3
Minor: 3
Major: 1
Destroyed: 1
$5,968,564
Orange   $10,511,336
Osceola   $1,393,990
Palm Beach   $5,982,704
Putnam Affected: 357
Minor: 178
Major: 102
Destroyed: 2
$1,017,712
Seminole Affected: 10
Minor: 3
Major: 13
Destroyed: 0
$5,178,100
St. Johns Affected:288
Minor: 508
Major: 1,109
Destroyed: 63
$18,476,261
St. Lucie   $7,197,522
Volusia Affected: 104
Minor: 252
Major: 327
Destroyed: 11
$2,318,786
Statewide Individual Assistance Damage Assessments Public Assistance Damage Assessments
Total Affected: 1,349
Minor: 1,326
Major: 1,178
Destroyed: 115
$157,878,100

Disaster Reservists

Due to Hurricane Matthew, we are in need of disaster reservists to assist in disaster related duties. Duties may include participating on damage assessment teams, managing Disaster Recovery Centers, participating on Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams, or assisting the Individual Assistance team in Recovery. This is a paid “on call” position that could require you to work in remote or stressful locations.

In order to apply click on the link below and follow the directions.
http://www.floridadisaster.org/Recovery/IndividualAssistance/DisasterReservist

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