Need FEMA assistance? Here’s what to expect when you apply

ORLANDO, Fla. — Residents in 13 Florida counties who were affected by Hurricane Ian may be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


FEMA assistance can be used to help cover basic home repairs, temporary housing costs, or other needs that aren’t covered by insurance.

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There are multiple ways to apply for assistance.

Smartphone users can download the FEMA app and apply there.

The application process is also available online and by phone at 800-621-3362.

FEMA is able to accommodate people who may need a relay or captioned telephone service by giving them the phone number for that service.

There are several items of information FEMA will ask for that should be collected before making contact.

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Applicants will have to provide a current phone number where they can be reached, their address at the time of the hurricane, and their current address if it’s different.

FEMA will also ask for a social security number, a list of the damage and estimated losses, and insurance policy information if available.

Applicants who wish to receive assistance through a direct deposit will also have to provide the appropriate bank information.

FEMA may need to inspect the damage for applicants who report that they’re unable to safely remain in their homes. They’re able to conduct inspections both on-site and remotely.

For more information on FEMA inspections, click here.

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Orange, Osceola, Polk, and Seminole make up the Central Florida counties of the 13 currently eligible for FEMA assistance.

To learn more about FEMA’s Hurricane Ian recovery efforts in Florida, click here.

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