TAVARES — Lake County residents who suffered damage or loss as a result of Tropical Storm Fay can apply for individual assistance through FEMA by calling (800) 621-3362 or by logging on to www.fema.gov (The deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired may call TTY 800-462-7585 to apply).
Residents are required to have the following information for the application process: a telephone number, Social Security number, current mailing address, address of damaged property, brief description of damages and insurance information (if the applicant has insurance).
“If you suffered damage during Tropical Storm Fay, I encourage you to apply,” said Jerry Smith, Director of the Lake County Emergency Management Division. “You may be eligible for assistance, but will not know until you apply with FEMA.”
As of last Friday, FEMA and the State of Florida announced the expansion of federal aid as Lake County joined 18 other eligible Florida counties for individual assistance. Government disaster assistance covers basic needs only, and it will not normally compensate an applicant’s entire loss. If the applicant has insurance, the government assistance may help pay for basic needs not covered by the insurance policy. Some disaster aid does not have to be paid back, while other types of assistance may come in the form of low-interest loans.
FEMA is expected to open a Disaster Recovery Center in Lake County to be able to meet individually with residents who suffered damage; however, the details on the opening date and center’s location are yet to be determined.
For more information about disaster preparedness, call the Lake County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, at (352) 343-9420.