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FEMA procedures

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is now taking applications from individuals affected by the flood.

President Obama has signed the Declaration of Disaster for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.
Flood victims can qualify for up to 32,400 dollars of aid.
The process can be done online or with a phone call.

Channel 3s Anthony Pura joins us with more on what you need before applying and what it covers.

FEMA aid should cover damage to your homes, part of your rent if you've been displaced-- and personal property.

We're talking about individuals here.
Things like roads that's going to be through the state, county or city.
A FEMA rep says the government agency's are still tallying up the damage.
Getting money for that is a different process.

It's been more than a week--
But Jackie Vickrey is still seeing what the flood took from her-- as workers pull debris and belongs from inside her home and pile it into her backyard--

This house along Bayou Boulevard  was her home for nearly 36 years until the water got it

Jackie Vickrey, Pensacola resident
It went up to the ceiling, they're going to have to pull the installation and the walls, and the floors.

A few blocks away Peter Gram got less damage though plenty of his things need are still needing to dry out.
Gram also tells us he had items in a storage unit-- family portraits like this one--  all of that flooded in storage.

He's not sure if he should apply for FEMA funds.
"I don't want to to rip off the government, but at the same time if FEMA is there to apply.  We're the citizens we got to be helped."

A FEMA spokesperson says people should first speak with their insurance agents to see what their policies will cover first.

Each applicant's case is different but the spokesperson encourages everyone* affected by the flood to apply.

They can do so by calling a registration line or by going to disaster assistance.gov
That's where Jackie Vickrey's daughter-in-law went
She sent us a photo that shows their application was successfully sent on Wednesday.

The application process took her about thirty minutes to complete.
According to the FEMA-- Vickrey will hear back from a FEMA inspector in the next few days.

They will want to assess the damage in person--
If she's eligible-- Jackie should* receive federal money a few days after the inspection,.

That would be a wonderful check, whatever they can do will help"
Now aside from FEMA aid-- you can also turn to the Small Business Administration for help.    
You could qualify for a low interest loan from them--

Money that could go towards your property, car or other personal belongings

Of course, we'll have much more information on all these numbers and contacts-- up on website weartv.com