Tropical Storm Fay
FEMA Declaration for Individual Assistance for Okeechobee
The amended presidential disaster declaration of Aug. 26 for
Individual Assistance (IA) designates Brevard, Hendry, Okeechobee, St.
Lucie and Volusia counties. As a result, more homeowners, renters and
businesses can receive assistance to help recover from the effects of
Tropical Storm Fay.
People who suffered storm-related losses in these designated counties
can apply online at www.fema.gov or
call toll-free 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY
800-462-7585 for those who are hearing- or speech-impaired.
FEMA operators are available 7 a.m. to midnight local time seven days a
week until further notice.
The FEMA Individual Assistance program can help eligible applicants
with temporary housing assistance, uninsured personal property and
medical, dental, and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, and other
serious unmet needs. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small
Business Administration are available to homeowners, renters and
businesses of all sizes in the designated counties.
The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)
is fully operational and open for business. It is
located in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church next to
the old Courthouse on 2nd Ave and 2nd Street NW. The physical
address is 200 NW 2nd Ave. Finding a suitable site to house
operations was difficult, and we appreciate the gracious assistance of
the First United Methodist Church.
How to apply for FEMA assistance
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color,
religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or