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Florida flood victims have two weeks to apply for FEMA aid


PENSACOLA, Fla. Florida flood victims must apply for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency by Monday, July 7.

Victims in Escambia, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance that may include money to help pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs or other serious disaster-related expenses.

Those who had damage from the storms and flooding from April 28 to May 6 can apply for assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or using a smartphone at m.fema.gov/ until midnight July 7. Victims may also apply by phone at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585 until 10 p.m. July 7. Recovery assistants remain available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (CDT) daily.

July 7 is also the deadline to submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration for low-interest disaster loans, which is the primary source of federal funds for long-term recovery. The quickest way to apply for an SBA disaster home or business loan is filling out an online application at DisasterLoan.SBA.gov/ela.

For more information on SBA low-interest disaster loans, call the SBA disaster customer service center at 800-659-2955 or TTY 800-877-8339, send an email to DisasterCustomerService@SBA.gov or visit SBA.gov/Disaster.

To date, nearly $62 million in state and federal disaster assistance has been approved to help Floridians and their communities recover. The following is a summary of ongoing recovery efforts so far:

More than $31 million in disaster assistance has been approved under the Individuals and Households Program for qualified homeowners and renters.

o This includes nearly $26 million for housing assistance, including short-term rental assistance and essential home repair costs.

o This also includes more than $5 million to help cover other essential disaster-related needs such as medical and dental expenses and lost personal possessions.

SBA has approved nearly $31 million in low-interest disaster loans for qualified homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations.

More than 13,600 people in five designated counties have contacted FEMA for help or information following the storms and flooding April 28 to May 6.

o The counties designated for Individual Assistance are Escambia, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton.

State and local governments and certain nonprofit organizations in nine Florida counties are eligible to apply for federal reimbursements under the Public Assistance program for eligible response and recovery expenses.

o The counties designated for Public Assistance are Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington.

For more information on Florida disaster recovery, go to fema.gov/disaster/4177. Visit the Florida Division of Emergency Management website at FloridaDisaster.org or the states Facebook page at facebook.com/FloridaSERT.