Hurricane Irma

The long road to recovery from Hurricane Irma has begun. FEA is helping coordinate recovery efforts for members affected in the state, in addition to collecting donations. We will continue updating this site as information becomes available. Stay safe.

Irma Recovery

The first thing you must do is register with www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585.

If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362. Operators are multilingual and calls are answered seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

*FEA MEMBERS ONLY* Click here to apply for FEA Disaster Relief. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to FEA members who are victims of Hurricane Irma and its aftermath.

Applications for relief funding must be received no later than September 29, 2017 to be considered. FEA reserves the right to close the application process earlier than September 29, 2017.

The maximum amount donated to each member will be $100.

Critical FEMA and Florida-specific resources

FEMA Website and Helpline 800-621-3362

FEMA coordinates response to disasters occurring within the United States. Those who have suffered significant damage to their homes can apply for government assistance on their home page: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Contact the FEMA Helpline if you have questions about:

  • The help offered by FEMA.
  • How to apply for assistance.
  • Information in your account.

Call 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, 7 days a week:

  • 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362)
  • TTY 1-800-462-7585
  • 711 or VRS 1-800-621-3362
  • You can also send an email from the Disaster Assistance webform.
  • Or write to:
    FEMA
    P.O. Box 10055
    Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055

Florida's Chief Financial Officer Disaster Resources and Information

Visit Florida's Chief Financial Officer's site for many helpful resources to help Hurricane Irma including help solving insurance-related issues.

The toll-free insurance consumer helpline (1-877-693-5236) is available Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, EST.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are accessible meeting places set up after a disaster. There you can learn about FEMA or other assistance programs. You may also ask questions about your case or seek guidance on other disaster-related issues. The services offered at each DRC may vary.

There are two ways to find a DRC near you:

  1. Use the DRC Locator web page to find addresses and DRC details. Find info like the hours of operation, services offered, and driving directions.
  2. Text DRC and a ZIP Code to 4FEMA (43362). (Example: DRC 01234.) Using this option doesn’t add you to any messaging service. It’s just like doing a search on the Web. (Standard text rates may apply.)

Emergency Food Distributions

The state of Florida sends food to participating food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens and organizations such as the Salvation Army and other mass care organizations to feed those affected by a disaster.

Not operating at this time: The Department of Children and Families’ “Food for Florida” disaster relief program provides emergency food assistance to families in need after a hurricane or another disaster under federal guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service.

Additional Emergency Food Assistance Programs:

Emergency Shelter Assistance

Legal aid Hotline – 866-550-2929

Legal aid hotline is now available for Hurricane Irma survivors in Florida who cannot pay for an attorney: 1-866-550-2929. The hotline operates 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). Both English and Spanish voicemail recordings give instructions for callers to leave a message requesting storm-related legal assistance, and to provide their name, telephone number, county of residence, and a description of their legal problems.

Assistance through this hotline is available to qualified Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma in all Florida counties. Those who qualify will be matched with Florida lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help such as:

  • Securing FEMA and other benefits
  • Making life, medical and property insurance claims
  • Dealing with home repair contractors
  • Replacing wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the hurricane
  • Helping with consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures
  • Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems or landlord/tenant issues

Callers can leave a message on the hotline at any time. Calls will be returned within two business days between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. There are some limitations: for example, assistance is not available for cases in which fees are paid as part of a settlement or award from a court. Such cases will be referred to a lawyer referral service. Funding for this hotline comes from FEMA under the authority of Section 415 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency assistance Act (Public Law 100-707).

Legal Answers related to Hurricane Irma - The Florida Bar has raised the income qualifying cap for its online legal clinic, Florida Free Legal Answers, to ensure that Floridians can access the site and post questions related to Hurricane Irma. More than 500 attorneys signed up to volunteer for the site, which ordinarily matches low-income Floridians with attorneys who can answer basic legal questions. The site is a collaboration between the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association, which approved the qualifying cap increase.

Disaster Assistance Insurance Helpline 1-800-22-STORM (800-227-8676) or 1-850-413-3089

Red Cross Resources

http://www.redcross.org/get-help

Disaster Relief & Recovery Services

Phone Numbers for the Red Cross: 

North Florida Region:

  • Jacksonville  (904)-358-8091 or (888)-843-5748  serving Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns and Union counties.
  • Tallahassee (850)-878-6080 or (866)-943-9010 serving Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor and Wakulla counties.
  • Pensacola  (8500-432-7601 or (800)-733-2767 serving Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington counties.

Central Florida Region:

  • Florida’s Space Coast Chapter | Brevard, Flagler, Volusia Counties | 321-890-1002
  • Greater Orlando Chapter | Orange, Osceola, Seminole Counties | 407-894-4141
  • Mid-Florida Chapter | Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Pasco, Polk, Sumter Counties | 863-295-5941
  • Southwest Florida Chapter | Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Sarasota, Manatee Counties | 941-379-9300
  • Tampa Bay Chapter | Hillsborough, Pinellas Counties | 813-348-4820<

South Florida Region:

  • Broward County Chapter | Fort Lauderdale, FL (954) 797-3800 serves Broward County
  • Coast to Heartland | Vero Beach, FL (772) 562-2549  serves Indian River, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Highlands counties.
  • Florida’s Southern Gulf | Naples, FL (239) 596-6868 serves Collier, Glades, Hendry & Lee Counties
  • Miami & The Keys | Miami, FL (305) 644-1200 serves Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

Resources & Information

You may reach the Florida Division of Consumer Services by calling 1-877-693-5236, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, EST

You can speak directly with individuals who can help you review your policies to understand your coverage, help you file claims for damage and offer assistance in the event that you are having trouble communicating with your insurance company.

The Children and Disasters webpage reflects resources available to support the integration and implementation of children’s disaster related needs into preparedness, planning, response and recovery efforts initiated by state, local and tribal governments, as well as stakeholders responsible for the temporary care of children.

Emergency Financial Toolkit - This toolkit is designed to help you organize your financial information before and after an emergency.

NEA Member Benefits - NEA Member Benefits has announced that many of their benefit partners are offering special assistance to members in need. Their site has a list of contact information for our partners and details on specific assistance they have available.

AFT Resources - AFT has compiled their own resource page which includes helpful information about everything from fact sheets on cleaning up after a storm, a link with tips for students that receive financial aid, to helping students cope after a natural disaster.

Federal Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida - Victims of Hurricane Irma that took place beginning on Sept. 4, 2017 in parts of Florida may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service. Individuals who reside or have a business in Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota and St. Johns may qualify for tax relief.

Important Phone Numbers

 

  • Florida Department of Financial Services Disaster Assistance 1-800-22-STORM or (850) 413-3089
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585
  • To Verify Coverage/Report Claims Citizens Property Insurance Corporation 1-866-411-2742
  • American Red Cross 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
  • State of Florida Emergency Information 1-800-342-3557
  • To Verify Contractor License Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (850) 487-1395 
  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 1-800-435-7352
  • Florida Department of Elder Affairs Helpline 1-800-963-5337
  • Florida Department of Financial Services Fraud Hotline 1-800-378-0445

 

Emergency Management Websites (by county)

Alachua County Fire Rescue - Emergency Management Lee County Emergency Management
Baker County Emergency Management Leon County Emergency Management
Bay County Emergency Management Levy County Emergency Management
Bradford County Emergency Management Liberty County Emergency Management
Brevard County Emergency Management Madison County Emergency Management
Broward County Emergency Management Manatee County Emergency Management
Calhoun County Emergency Management Marion County Sheriff's Office - Emergency Management
Charlotte County Emergency Management Martin County Fire / Rescue - Emergency Management
Citrus County Sheriff's Office - Emergency Management Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management
Clay County Emergency Management Monroe County Emergency Management
Collier County Emergency Management Nassau County Emergency Management
Columbia County Emergency Management Okaloosa County Emergency Management
DeSoto County Emergency Management Okeechobee County Emergency Management
Dixie County Emergency Management Orange County Emergency Management
Duval County Fire / Rescue - Emergency Management Osceola County Office of Emergency Management
Escambia County Division of Emergency Management Palm Beach County Emergency Management
Flagler County Emergency Management Pasco County Emergency Management
Franklin County Emergency Management Pinellas County Emergency Management
Gadsden County Sheriff's Office - Department of Emergency Management Polk County Fire Rescue - Emergency Management
Gilchrist County Emergency Management Putnam County Emergency Management
Glades County Emergency Management Santa Rosa County Emergency Management Division
Gulf County Emergency Management Sarasota County Emergency Management
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office - Emergency Management Seminole County Public Safety - Emergency Management
Hardee County Emergency Management Seminole Tribe of Florida Emergency Management Division
Hendry County Emergency Management St Johns County Emergency Management
Hernando County Sheriff's Office - Emergency Management St Lucie County Public Safety - Emergency Management
Highlands County Emergency Management Sumter County Emergency Management
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue - Emergency Management Suwannee County Sheriff's Office - Emergency Management
Holmes County Emergency Management Taylor County Emergency Management
Indian River County Emergency Management Union County Sheriff's Office - Emergency Management
Jackson County Emergency Management Volusia County Emergency Management
Jefferson County Emergency Management Wakulla County Sheriff's Office - Emergency Management
Lafayette County Emergency Management Department Walton County Emergency Management
Lake County Emergency Management Washington County Emergency Management
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