Florida Division of Emergency Management (FEMA):  You can call 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY: 1-800-462-7585) or go online to at www.disasterassistance.gov for information and to submit an application for assistance or check your status of your application.

You should register with FEMA immediately before expiration date.

  1. Visit this page to view FEMA intake video: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/113839
  2. Frequently Asked Questions answered by FEMA at https://www.fema.gov/faq

Critical Needs Assistance

FEMA says that it is approving one-time $500 payments per household to Irma survivors who have immediate/critical needs because they are displaced from their primary dwelling due to the hurricane. FEMA defines immediate or critical needs as life-saving and life-sustaining items and may include water, food, first aid, prescriptions, infant formula, diapers, durable medical equipment, and fuel for transportation. See https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/08/29/critical-needs-assistance

FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program offers affected residents financial help more medical, dental, child care, funeral, personal property and transportation expenses. The program also provides funds for temporary housing, repairs and construction. Details: 800-621-3362

Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides unemployment benefits and re-employment services to people who lost their jobs because of the hurricane and who are not eligible for state unemployment. Details: 800-621-3362

JPMorgan Chase will waive or refund late fees on mortgages, credit cards and auto loans through Sept. 24. It will also waive overdraft and service fees for that period. Details: 1-888-346-0023

HUD granted a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures for mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration. There are more than 280,000 FHA-insured Florida homeowners living in these impacted counties. Details: 1-800-569-4287

The IRS extended a deadline Friday for certain individual and business filings until Jan. 31. This includes an additional filing extension for taxpayers with valid extensions that run out Oct. 16, and businesses with extensions that run out Friday. So, taxpayers in the region have until Jan. 31 to file returns and pay any taxes that had been due as of Sept. 4. This includes deadlines for quarterly payments. For individual tax filers, it also includes 2016 income tax returns that got an extension until Oct. 16. But late payments due in April don’t qualify.

For homeowners or renters who have lost their homes, HUD’s Section 203(h) program gives FHA insurance to disaster victims who have to rebuild or purchase another house. The loans come with no down payment and greater forgiveness of low credit scores. Details: 1-800-569-4287

Community Service Referrals:  Call 211 to reach Heart of Florida United Way which can provide you to community programs that my assist you in the aftermath of Irma.

Legal Assistance for Low Income Residents of Seminole County:  Contact our office at 407 834 1660

The Florida Bar: Legal Assistance Hotline: Floridians who cannot pay for an attorney may call the hotline
(866) 550-2929 or complete an  online form for Hurricane Irma survivors .


Emergency food pantry locations: Phone: 407-295-1066

*SNAP Benefits: FNS granted a mass replacement for 40% of SNAP benefits to customers already approved as of September 10 in Seminole counties

Disaster Distress Helpline: Provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters
Phone: 1-800-985-5990
Text: Text TalkWithUs to 66746