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Congressman Matt Gaetz

Representing the 1st District of Florida

Hurricanes

Hurricane Michael: Disaster Relief 

Hurricane Michael was a devastating storm that destroyed property and disrupted our lives. We are working to help restore Northwest Florida. Please contact our office with any questions or if we can help. Together we will recover. Below you can find some helpful resources for post-hurricane recovery. 

FEMA: The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website, https://www.fema.gov/hurricanemichael has the latest news and information on Hurricane Michael. Register for federal disaster assistance. If you had storm or flood damage in any of the affected counties you may apply for FEMA assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800- 621-3362. Lines are open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Survivors who use TTY may call 800-462-7585. Survivors may locate disaster centers near them at www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. You can seek assistance at any disaster recovery center, including centers in other states. 

APPEALS: All applicants for federal disaster assistance have the right to appeal a decision. Your appeal can be filed online at www.disasterassistance.gov or at any disaster recovery center. In order to file an appeal you must bring your determination letter, your written appeal and any supporting documents requested in your determination letter.

MOLD AND CLEANUP: Mold may be a serious health risk so don’t wait for a visit from FEMA or your insurance company before you start cleaning up. FEMA inspectors and insurance claims adjusters will still be able to verify flood damage.. Take lots of pictures before your insurance adjuster visits. Be sure to consult with your local officials for instructions before setting out debris. If you don’t have local emergency management contact information, it can be found online at https://www.floridadisaster.org/dem/response/technological-hazards/serc/lepc/ 

CRISIS CLEANUP: To request assistance with clean up from disaster relief agencies please visit : https://www.crisiscleanup.org/ or call 1-800-451-1954

SHELTER AT HOME: For information on the Shelter at Home program or to apply please visit: https://www.floridadisaster.org/planprepare/disability/evacuations-and-shelters/shelter-in-place/ or call 1-850-815-4000

POWER OUTAGES: Areas affected by power outages can be found at https://www.fplmaps.com/.

SENIOR CITIZENS: The Florida Department of Elder Affairs administers federal and state-run services for senior citizens. It also has a disaster preparedness guide. You can visit their website at: http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/ or by calling 1-800-96-ELDER 

NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE (NFIP) CALL CENTER: Contact your insurance company to file a claim If you have flood insurance questions call 800-621-3362 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and select option 2. Call center staff are available to assist with information regarding your policy, offer technical flood guidance to aid in recovery and answer other flood insurance questions. You can be transferred to your insurance carrier for additional assistance if you have further questions.

GENERAL HEALTH AND WELFARE: Florida has several agencies that deal with different groups of people who are disabled or have access and functional needs. To learn more, visit the Department of Health online at http://www.floridahealth.gov/ or the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology disaster preparedness at https://www.faast.org/DisasterPreparedness or you can call 1-(844) FLFAAST. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information for flood preparedness and response at: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/index.asp The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can be reached by calling: 800- 321-OSHA (6742). Florida Mental Health services are online at: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/samh/mentalhealth/work.shtml For children and youth services, call the State health department at 1-866-886-4342 or visit the Florida Department of Children and Families website at: http://www.myflfamilies.com/ FEMA offers advice on coping with a disaster at http://www.fema.gov/coping-disaster

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS DISASTER LOAN ASSISTANCE: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. The SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center can be reached at (800) 659-2955 or email: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

FOOD ASSISTANCE: A statewide food bank database can be found at www.foodpantries.org/st/florida

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE: For issues with the United States Postal Service or to locate mail please visit https://www.usps.com/help/contact-us.htm or call 225-339-1100

VOLUNTEER: If you would like to donate to the Florida Disaster Fund or help disaster response organizations go to https://www.volunteerflorida.org/

SCHOOL INFORMATION: For information on school closures, college system closures, and university system closures, go online to http://www.fldoe.org/hurricaneinfo/

If you need any assistance from my office for hurricane disaster relief, please fill out the form and send to my office:

PDF iconHURRICANE CASE AUTHORIZATION FORM .pdf

FEMA Tips and resources:

PDF iconFEMA- Safety Should Be Top Priority For Survivors, Only Return Home When Safe.pdf