South Florida has been recently struck by a hurricane with unprecedented magnitude. It unleashed destructive winds and flooding rain and inundated coastal communities with several feet of water.

Currently, there are national coordinating relief actions to facilitate support and aid to the victims of the calamity. 

These are multiple resources to get help.

HELP FOR SENIORS
If you know of a senior who needs assistance contact the Florida Department of Elder Affairs hotline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337). To report elder abuse, call 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873). 

BASIC SUPPLIES
If you need supplies, such as food, water, or ice, please contact your county emergency management
at:http://www.floridadisaster.org/fl_county_em.asp or by phone at (850) 815-4001 for the location of the nearest distribution center. Your county emergency management can provide up-to-date information about shelters and local distribution centers for food and supplies. 


FEMA ASSISTANCE
Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma should apply for assistance with FEMA as soon as their county is granted Individual Assistance. Financial help and direct services may be available from FEMA for clean-up, temporary housing, medical, moving expenses, and more.

To apply visit: www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585. For a list of counties approved for Individual Assistance visit: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4337#

HELP FOR VETERANS
Veterans needing assistance or medication can contact the Veteran Disaster Hotline at 1-800-507-4571 or go to any VA medical facility for assistance. 

DIALYSIS
To find a dialysis center in your area visit: http://www.dialysisunits.com/. Patients of DaVita Dialysis may contact 1-800-400-8331 to find the nearest Dialysis Center. 

MENTAL HEALTH
If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress please call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor. You may also visit:  http://bit.ly/2vH2Hucfor more information about managing stress after a disaster and talking with children about traumatic events. 

TAX RELIEF
Floridians in counties granted Individual Assistance may be eligible for tax relief from the IRS. To learn more about IRS assistance for victims of Hurricane Irma visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/help-for-victims-of-hurricane-irma. 

DISASTER RECOVERY LOANS
The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing various disaster loans to qualifying Floridians in several counties. For more information about SBA disaster loans visit: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-irma

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides loans and assistance to qualifying individuals, businesses, and communities after disasters. For more information visit: https://www.usda.gov/topics/disaster/storms, or contact the USDA office in Florida at: (352) 338-3400

DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
Floridians who are unemployed as a result of the disaster are encouraged to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) through the U.S. Department of Labor. For additional information about DUA visit:https://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/disaster.asp or contact the U.S. Department of Labor by phone at 1-866-487-2365

MORTGAGE RELIEF
To find out if you qualify for temporary mortgage relief such as a suspension of mortgage payments for up to 12 months, or suspension of late fees, visit the Freddie Mac website at: http://www.freddiemac.com/about/hurricane-relief.html. For additional information visit the Fannie Mae website at: http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-fm/hurricane-relief.html  or by phone at 1-800-2FANNIE (800-232-6643). 

HURRICANE RESPONSE HIRING
The U.S. Small Business Administration is hiring a variety of temporary positions located throughout Florida now through December 31, 2017. For more information visit:  https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-response-jobs-sba#section-header-4 

ADDITION ASSISTANCE
For in-person assistance with storm related questions, or to apply for benefits you may visit your local FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. For a list of Centers in your area visit: http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/home.htm 

Aerotek
If you are interested in working the hurricane relief project please come to the following address below. 
Remember to bring two forms of ID. The indentifications CANNOT be expired. 13400 West Sunrise Boulevard. Sunrise, FL, 33323. Follow the signs for the Aerotek room, and say that you are here to apply for the job and the debris monitor position. If you have any friends interested in working, please feel free to bring them.

 


Together let us put forth all our efforts to ensure that not only our families and friends but all the people affected get the support they direly need. Thank you very much for your support!  If you have other resources please send them to me so that I can update this and we can get the information out to as many people as possible!