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Hurricane Irma Help
Florida Hurricane Irma Recovery Information
The Disaster Legal Hotline is: 1-866-550-2929 (this hotline is no longer in operation)
Hurricane Irma struck Florida beginning on September 9, 2017 and many regions continue to be impacted by severe wind, storms and flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on September 10, 2017 that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas, making federal funding available for emergency work and to individuals and businesses owners who sustain damage as a result of Hurricane Irma.
For DR 4337, as of September 16, 2017 direct federal financial assistance is available for impacted Florida individuals and families in 48 counties: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, and St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, and Volusia. Please watch for the addition of more counties.
Note: THERE IS A 60 DAY WINDOW TO APPLY FOR FEMA. Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process. THE SBA APPLICATION DEADLINE IS ALSO HAS A 60 DAY WINDOW.
Application Intake Now Open for Irma CDBG-DR Funds: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has announced the opening of application intake for Rebuild Florida, its name for the Hurricane Irma CDBG-DR program for repairing and rebuilding homes in hardest hit communities affected by Hurricane Irma as well as to help families displaced by Hurricane Maria.
Key resources for those impacted by the hurricane and flooding
Government Disaster Relief Benefits
Residents and businesses affected by Hurricane Irma can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:
- Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
- On the FEMA Mobile App, or by
- Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). 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 use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.
- For official news and press releases related to Hurricane Irma, please visit FEMA's News and Updates-Irma page.
THERE IS A 60 DAY WINDOW TO APPLY FOR FEMA. Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process. THE SBA APPLICATION DEADLINE IS ALSO HAS A 60 DAY Window.
Legal Assistance and Other Resources
- The Disaster Legal Hotline is: 1-866-550-2929. This hotline is through a partnership between The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Please see the press release for more info. *This hotline is no longer in operation.
- Florida Housing Search- Florida residents who have been displaced by Hurricane Irma may search for available housing using FloridaHousingSearch.org.
FloridaLawHelp.org Hurricane Irma resources.
Florida Legal Services Hurricane Irma resources.
Other resources to help address legal needs resulting from this disaster
If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.
Special information on mortgage and foreclosure issues from the VA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other lenders for individuals impacted by natural disasters.
You can also find resources on this site under For People Who Need Help.
Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
Florida residents who have been displaced by Hurricane Irma may search for available housing using FloridaHousingSearch.org.
Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicants
Are you a volunteer attorney able to help with response efforts?
The Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar is seeking volunteers to help with current and ongoing response efforts. Sign up via the YLD's online form.
The Florida Bar Foundation has additional resources for volunteers seeking to help or those wishing to donate to legal relief efforts.