JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The deadline for survivors of Tropical Storm Debby to apply for federal assistance is quickly approaching.
The storm caused damage to thousands of homes in businesses in June, and the federal government is willing to help, but applications outlying need must be submitted by Tuesday, September 4.
The money covers storm-related damage to homes, vehicles, personal property and business between June 23 and July 26. That includes temporary housing, uninsured personal property, and medical, dental and funerals as a result of the storm.
Those who have already applied for assistance through the Red Cross and state and local emergency centers will still need to apply to FEMA directly for federal assistance. Online registration is available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through a smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov.
The Small Business Administration is also offering low-interest loans to business owners rebuild. Just go to www.SBA.gov to apply. You can also apply for disaster loans at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applications are due Sept. 4.
You can sign up for Tropical Storm Debby recovery updates via email by going to www.fema.gov/Disaster/4068 and clicking the subscription link. It's a simple process that only requires a valid email address. During signup, subscribers can choose to receive updates immediately, daily or weekly.
For more information on Florida's disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov or www.floridadisaster.org/. On Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/FloridaSERT. To receive Twitter updates: twitter.com/FLSERT or www.twitter.com/femaregion4.