FEMA extends application deadline for Hurricane Irma survivors

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2017, Mirta Mendez walks through debris at the Seabreeze trailer park along the Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP, File)

ORLANDO, Fla. The deadline for Hurricane Irma survivors in all 48 designated Florida counties to register for FEMA individual disaster assistance has been extended to Nov. 24, 2017.

The extension agreed upon by the state and FEMA is for survivors living in disaster-designated individual assistance counties which include all of Southwest Florida.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

Individuals can register online at disasterassistance.gov. By phone, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (Voice, 711 or VS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Due to high demand, lines may be busy. Please be patient, and try calling in the morning or evening when call volume may be low. The FEMA Helpline is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.

For more information visit www.FEMA.gov/IrmaFL