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Have you applied for FEMA assistance in the past two years? Your personal information could be at risk, based upon a recent Inspector General report focusing on victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. If you feel your personal information may have been comprised and you are in need of advice regarding this issue, please apply for our services. Our newly formed Disaster Relief team may be able to assist you further. For more information, review "Hack Brief" by WIRED.

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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

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/, 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)

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.

 

NEW PUERTO RICO EXTENSION
OF DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

The new extension of the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for Puerto Rico families who lost their jobs due to Hurricanes Maria and Irma provides an extra 26 weeks of benefits (in the form of a retroactive, lump-sum payment) to all those who ran out of their basic 26 weeks of DUA or their regular unemployment insurance (UI), and up to 52 weeks of benefits to those who never applied for either DUA or regular UI and had a legitimate reasons for missing the February 9, 2018, filing deadline.

Puerto Rican workers and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs after Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma may now qualify for up to 52 weeks of Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Find out who can qualify and how to apply: http://bit.ly/2Rx7yJc

Trabajadores puertorriqueños - incluyendo a las personas que trabajan por cuenta propia - quienes perdieron sus trabajos después de Hurricane Maria o Hurricane Irma califican para hasta 52 semanas de Asistencia de Desempleo por Desastre. Más información: http://bit.ly/2UA2plO

 

Updated 02/12/2019

 

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