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Two weeks ago Hurricane Harvey destroyed portions of Texas and the Gulf coast. Now Hurricane Irma is battering most of Florida and is expected to head into the Gulf of Mexico and up Florida’s west coast. We all know this means flooding and wind damage may reach into Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi as well.

So, what do you do if you’re affected by this huge storm? Here are some tips that will help you find assistance in your time of need.

  • Go to DisasterAssistance.gov where you may apply online by answering a questionnaire. You may also learn how to apply if you do not want to do so online.
  • There is a FEMA Intake video on the dot gov page that will walk you through the process.
  • You must have an email address to request assistance. You cannot access your account without the PIN number that they will send to your email address.
  • The Disaster Assistance website will walk you step-by-step through the process of creating an account. You will need to provide your date of birth and your Social Security number.
  • To set up an account, you will be asked personal questions pulled from data in your public record. Once you have answered these questions, you will be sent a PIN to open your account. Don’t worry if you have a few problems, there is a phone number on the website for assistance.
  • You will be able to check the status of your claim on the website, using your account.

FEMA’s Individual’s and Households Program offers financial help and services for essential needs.  It is supplemental aid meant to help restore your damaged property to its condition before the disaster.

FEMA may not duplicate payments already made by your insurance company. Repair, Replacement and Assistance is a one-time payment.

Temporary Housing assistance is usually set at one, two or three months, initially. To be considered for further assistance, you must be able to prove that you have used the FEMA money as instructed.

If you have legal questions about a claim you have filed, please consult our Online Legal Directory to find an attorney in your area.

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