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Disaster Declaration signed for Escambia/Santa Rosa Co by the president

FEMA is heading to Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties to help after the major flooding last week
   
The president has signed the Declaration of Disaster for those counties.
That means a host of grants and low interest loans will now be available.
   
Right now, the FEMA assistance does not include help to pay for repairs to public infrastructure like roads and bridges.
   
That's part of a separate application and local governments are still assessing that damage.

Some of the things FEMA will help with include:
   
Rental payments for temporary housing for people whose homes are unlivable.

Grants for home repairs and essential household items.

Unemployment payments for people who lost jobs because of the flood.
 
Homeowners in Escambia and Santa Rosa who want to apply for FEMA assistance can call 1-800-621-FEMA  (3362) or go to disaster-assistance.gov

Santa Rosa County has also asked FEMA to open disaster recovery centers as soon as possible.
   
Those centers act as clearing houses of information, resources, and representatives of various organizations that can help after a disaster.

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