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HURRICANE MICHAEL RECOVERY

The following Florida counties have been approved for Individual Assistance for Hurricane Michael: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington.

FEMA - Individual Disaster Assistance Application: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or 800-621-3362. The deadline for applying has been EXTENDED to December 17, 2018
Applicants should have the following information available:
* Social Security Number;
* Daytime telephone number;
* Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property; and
* Insurance information

FEMA - DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERs (DRCs):
Representatives from the State of Florida, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other organizations are at the centers to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs. To expedite matters, homeowners, renters and businesses should register for disaster assistance before visiting a recovery center, if they are able. Pre-registration is not required. Survivors can register Online: https://www.DisasterAssistance.gov; Call 800-621-3362 (voice/711/VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) anytime from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available. Any resident from any county may receive services at any DRC.

All recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment, such as amplified phones and listening devices for people with hearing loss and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available. In-person American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are available by request. (If possible, please allow 24 hours to schedule an interpreter). The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

* LEON COUNTY: LeRoy Collins Main Library, 200 W. Park Avenue, TALLAHASSEE, FL 32301. Open: 7 days per week: M-F, 8:00 am - 7:00 PM. Services: Hazard Mitigation,
Housing Assistance, Other Needs Assistance, Teleregistration, Web Registration, Small Business Administration Business Loan, Small Business Administration Home Loan, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, General Information
* LIBERTY COUNTY: Veterans Memorial Park 10405 NW Theo Jacobs Way, BRISTOL, FL 32321. Open: 7 days per week: M-F, 8:00 am - 7:00 PM. Services: Hazard Mitigation, Housing Assistance, Other Needs Assistance, Web Registration, Small Business Administration Business Loan, Small Business Administration Home Loan, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, General Information
* FRANKLIN COUNTY: Carrabelle Public Library, 311 Saint James Avenue, CARRABELLE, FL 32322. Open: 7 days per week: M-F, 8:00 am - 7:00 PM. Services: Hazard Mitigation, Housing Assistance, Other Needs Assistance, Web Registration, Small Business Administration Business Loan, Small Business Administration Home Loan, Disaster Unemployment Assistance
* WAKULLA COUNTY: Wakulla County Community One Stop, 318 Shadeville Hwy, CRAWFORDVILLE, FL 32327. Open: 7 days per week: M-F, 8:00 am - 7:00 PM. Services: Hazard Mitigation, Housing Assistance, Other Needs Assistance, Web Registration, Small Business Administration Business Loan, Small Business Administration Home Loan
* HOLMES COUNTY: Holmes County Agricultural Center, 1173 E Hwy 90, BONIFAY, FL 32425. Open: 7 days per week: M-F, 8:00 am - 7:00 PM. Services: Hazard Mitigation, Housing Assistance, Other Needs Assistance, Web Registration, Small Business Administration Business Loan, Small Business Administration Home Loan, Disaster Unemployment Assistance
*JACKSON COUNTY: University Extension Office, 2737 Penn Avenue, MARIANNA, FL 32448. Open: 7 days per week: M-F, 8:00 am - 7:00 PM. Services: Hazard Mitigation, Housing Assistance, Other Needs Assistance, Web Registration, Small Business Administration Business Loan, Small Business Administration Home Loan, Disaster Unemployment Assistance

FEMA - Hurricane Michael Main Portal: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-michael
FEMA - Individual Disaster Assistance Portal: https://www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance
FEMA - Operation Blue Roof: Eligible homeowners in affected counties who sustained roof damage can apply for assistance. Homeowners who wish to apply must complete a right-of-entry (ROE) form to allow the Corps and its contractors to access the property. The ROE form can be completed online at www.usace.army.mil/blueroof
FEMA - Fraud Prevention:
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Federal and state workers never ask for, or accept money, and always carry identification badges.  
* There is NO FEE required to apply for or to get disaster assistance from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration or the state
* Scam attempts can be made over the phone, by mail or email, text or in person

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES:
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D-SNAP: The application window for Disaster-SNAP has closed.

HOUSING:
The Florida Housing Financial Corporation (
www.FloridaHousingSearch.org) is offering affordable housing to families displaced by the disaster. Surveys are being conducted with rental property owners to find suitable housing for those who cannot return to their homes.
These counties were declared for individual assistance: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Liberty, Taylor, & Wakulla.

The Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD): Through November 2, 2018 several relief agencies are staffing a free hotline for debris removal & home cleanup after Hurricane Michael: (800) 451-1954

EMPLOYMENT:
Florida has been awarded Federal National Dislocated Workers grants to provide temporary employment to those affected. Those who qualify are people who are temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of the disaster, dislocated workers which includes self-employed who have lost work, and individuals who have been unemployed long-term. Those interested and that may qualify can visit the Florida Disaster Recovery Jobs portal: https://disasterrecovery.employflorida.com/vosnet/Default.aspx

DONATIONS - The best way to help is by sending money. Cash donations enable non-profits to buy the most needed types of food, medicine, clothing, shelter materials and other supplies. By buying relief products locally or regionally, charities can reduce shipping costs and more rapidly deliver assistance. Charity Navigator and Charity Watch each have a list of vetted charities according their criteria.
* Charity Navigator:
https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=6806
* Charity Watch:
https://www.charitywatch.org/charitywatch-hot-topic/hurricane-michael-relief/101

For the most up to date information Dial 2-1-1 or (850) 617-6333 (NEED).


OTHER LINKS OF INTEREST

2018 Hurricane Guide (12 MB PDF)
Preparedness Training Online Library
www.Ready.gov
FEMA Basic Supply List
National Hurricane Center
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Florida Special Needs Registry
• What to bring to a shelter


Franklin County Emergency Management: (850) 653-8977
Gadsden County Emergency Management: (850) 875-8642
Jefferson County Emergency Management: (850) 342-0211
Leon County Emergency Management: (850) 606-3700
Liberty County Emergency Management: (850) 643-2339
Madison County Emergency Management: (850) 973-3698
Taylor County Emergency Management: (850) 838-3575
Wakulla County Emergency Management: (850) 926-0861

The links above are to external websites. Though these websites are vetted and monitored, the content is not administered by 2-1-1 Big Bend.

For the most up to date information Dial 2-1-1 or (850) 617-6333 (NEED).