Help signing up for FEMA aid offered at SWFL sites

FORT MYERS, Fla. Help signing up for post-Irma FEMA aid is being offered Thursday in two Southwest Florida locations.

Representatives from FEMA, the Small Business Administration and the office of Sen. Marco Rubio are available to assist people from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Everglades City Hall on 102 Copeland Ave. N. in Everglades City.

Recovery specialists will also be at the Carmalita Athletic Park on 2610 Carmalita St. in Punta Gorda through Sunday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Bring the following information:

  • Social Security number
  • Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
  • Current mailing address
  • Current telephone number
  • Insurance information
  • Total household annual income
  • Routing and account number for your checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into your bank account).
  • A description of your disaster-caused damage and losses

FEMA recommends starting the signup process online at DisasterAssistance.gov and by downloading the form linked here. Registration can also take place by phone at 1-800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.

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Collier County residents can also receive help from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the new Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) on 3420 Tamiami Trail East, Naples.

Collier County residents must bring a letter showing proof of damage to receive assistance.

For more information, click here. 

“I feel blessed because I know that there are people in worst situations than me and it’s a learning lesson,” said Jennifer Cione, who has been receiving help from DAC.

WINK News reporter Hannah Vogel shared photos of the long line of people waiting for help nearly two months after Irma.

 

Writer:Chuck Myron
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