Sarasota and Manatee counties approved for individual and public federal assistance in wake of Hurricane Idalia

Homeowners and renters both may apply for help

These pre- and post-Idalia photos show damage to the property located at 6810 Manasota Key Road. Image courtesy Sarasota County Environmental Protection Division

On Sept. 11, President Joe Biden approved an amendment to Florida’s disaster declaration for Hurricane Idalia, approving Sarasota and Manatee counties “for Individual Assistance,” Sarasota County Emergency Services Department staff has announced.

As a result of that action, a news release says, homeowners and renters in the two counties may apply for federal disaster aid.

To apply for FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] disaster assistance, an individual may visit a disaster recovery center, go online to, use the FEMA app for smartphones or call 800-621-3362, the release points out.

“Help is available in most languages,” it notes. Additionally, it says, “If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA your number for that service. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time, seven days a week.”

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The release also stresses, “If you have homeowners, renters, or flood insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. However, if your policy does not cover all your disaster expenses, you may be eligible for federal assistance.

“Disaster assistance may include financial help with temporary lodging and home repairs, as well as other disaster-related expenses,” the release points out.

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