• Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property; and
• Private insurance information, if available.
FEMA urges those interested to apply as soon as possible, as applications may trigger additional grant assistance.
Another option for individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, is to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.
Please note: FEMA encourages applicants to use the website first to apply as significant call volume may cause long wait times on the phone.
SBA loans for businesses
Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. The loans can be used for loss and damages not fully covered by insurance.
Businesses that suffered physical damage and need cash flow assistance while waiting for SBA assistance can also contact Pinellas County Economic Development about applying for Florida’s emergency bridge loan program. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 13, businesses can contact the Pinellas County Small Business Development Center for information about bridge loans at 727-453-7200.
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.
A Disaster Recovery Center location will be set up in Pinellas County for applicants who need in-person assistance with either FEMA or SBA programs. More information will be announced.
Pinellas County citizens are encouraged to get updates on Irma recovery efforts by visiting www.pinellascounty.org and following county social media accounts; search hashtag #PinellasIrma.