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DISASTER RESOURCES

Bay Area Legal Services will be maintaining and updating this page throughout Florida’s recovery from Hurricane Irma. In addition to the telephone numbers, websites, and brochures listed, below, please check the Self Help and Links page under the Get Help section of our website.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE
EMERGENCY NUMBERS

American Red Cross Food, Shelter, and Financial Assistance .........................1-866-438-4636

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Assistance) ....................................1-800-621-3362

Department of Financial Services Insurance Claim Hotline ............................1-800-227-8676

Disaster Legal Services: If you have civil legal issues as a result of Hurricane Irma or Maria please contact one of the numbers below to find out if you qualify for free disaster legal services.
Hillsborough County...........................................................................813-232-1343
Manatee, Pasco, Sarasota, Pinellas Counties..............................................800-625-2257
For Residents of all other Counties – Florida Disaster Legal Services Hotline
-- Hurricane Irma ONLY.......................................................................1-866-550-2929

Florida Disaster Legal Hotline – Hurricane Irma …..................................1-866-550-2929

If you have civil legal issues as a result of Hurricane Irma, you may also call the toll-free Disaster Legal Services Hotline. This is a dedicated Hurricane Irma disaster line funded by FEMA and supported by the American Bar Association, the Florida Board of Governors, and the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division. Income eligibility guidelines are higher than those of local Legal Services/Legal Aid programs. Callers can leave a message for a pro bono attorney at any time. Calls will be returned within two business days between 9 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE
WEBSITES

County and Regional Emergency Management Contacts (for local assistance)

Disaster help and resources (general): https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Disaster Unemployment Assistance: http://www.floridajobs.org/news-center/DEO-Press/2017/09/13/federal-reemployment-assistance-available-for-disaster-victims/  Individuals in designated-disaster areas must file DUA applications by November 14, 2017. Go to http://www.floridajobs.org/, or call 1-800-385-3920. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST to assist claimants. For DUA claims information call 1-800-204-2418 and choose option 2.

FEMA

FloridaDisaster.org

Florida Division of Emergency Management

Florida Law Help

Food Emergencies and Disaster Preparation

Hurricane Disaster Handbook (University of Florida)

IRS extension: the Internal Revenue Service has granted an extension to January 31, 2018, for any tax return, extended tax return or tax payment that was due on or after September 4, 2017. This applies to persons who live in in or whose business is located in any Florida County designated by FEMA as disaster areas eligible for individual assistance. See https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/help-for-victims-of-hurricane-irma

The IRS is urging survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Maria to see if they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Click HERE to see if you qualify.

Mortgage Assistance for Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae Loans: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have instructed loan servicers to extend a 90-day forbearance due to Irma:
http://www.freddiemac.com/about/hurricane-relief.html
http://www.freddiemac.com/blog/notable/20170907_hurricane_irma_mortgage_relief.html
http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-fm/hurricane-relief.html#/!

MyFlorida.com

Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

DISASTER ASSISTANCE
BROCHURES

For downloadable brochures on the following topics, click on the link:

Disaster Information for Homeowners
FEMA FAQs
Florida Senior Legal Helpline Disaster Preparedness
Home Repairs Do's and Don'ts After the Storm
Disaster Information for Renters
Disaster Relief (FEMA)
Education Rights of Children Displaced or Homeless due to Natural Disasters

The No Place Like Home project can assist low-income homeowners clear title to their homes

Many homeowners cannot qualify for much needed homestead exemptions or FEMA assistance due to their inability to prove they are the titled homeowner. The No Place Like Home project can help! For more information in English, click HERE. Para más informacíon en Español, oprima AQUÍ.

 

DISASTER ASSISTANCE
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

Early Release and Adjusted Food Assistance Benefit Schedule – Hurricane Michael
Current food assistance households Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, and Pinellas counties (among others), whose normal issuance date is October 11th or later will receive an early release of benefits on October 10, 2018, in preparation for Hurricane Michael. Federal regulation requires that no more than 40 days go by between issuance dates to any food assistance household. Due to the early release of October food assistance benefits for the above counties, households who normally receive their benefits between November 17th and 28th, will have benefits available on November 16, 2018. In December, the households who normally receive their benefits between December 22nd and December 28th will have benefits available on December 21, 2018. The regular issuance cycle will resume in January 2019.

 
For more information, read the October 9, 2018 announcement.
 

Updated 10/15/2018

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