• Melissa A. Youngman

Resources for Hurricane Relief & Recovery

Updated: Oct 1

We at Melissa Youngman Law hope that you, your loved ones, and your business survived Hurricane Ian unscathed. If you need financial relief or assistance after the hurricane, below are links to helpful resources for hurricane recovery, which can also be found at fema.gov.


Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM). The FDEM can assist individuals in need of rescue and those seeking to find missing loved ones. Visit missing.fl.gov/es and fill out the form. For more emergency information and search and rescue effort updates, visit FloridaDisaster.org/info.


Flood Insurance Information. If you have flood insurance, report your loss immediately to your insurance agent or carrier. Be sure to take date-stamped photos of all damaged property. Be sure to ask your insurance provider about advance payments. Call 877-336-2627 if you need help finding your insurance agent or carrier. To learn more about how to start your flood insurance claim, visit Floodsmart.gov.


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Affected residents of Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and Seminole counties can apply for federal assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), or by using the FEMA App. Survivors using a relay service, such as a video relay service, captioned telephone service, or others, can give the FEMA operator the number for that service. FEMA Individual Assistance may include temporary housing assistance, essential home repairs, and certain other uninsured disaster-related needs.


Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA disaster loans are available to BUSINESSES and CERTAIN NON-BUSINESS ENTITIES, such as HOMEOWNERS, RENTERS, and NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, and Seminole counties. Those affected may apply at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov under declaration #17644. For help, call 800-659-2955 or send an email to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.


The Florida Bar YLD Disaster Legal Services Hotline. The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Florida Bar has established a hotline to answer all your questions about disaster legal services. Call 866-550-2929.


We are praying for all affected by Hurricane Ian. If we can help you or your business find relief after the storm, please call our office at 407-374-1372 or email my@melissayoungman.com.





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