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FEMA provides individual assistance to Big Bend counties

FEMA provides individual assistance to Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor counties
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Posted at 10:40 AM, Oct 16, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - FEMA is providing individual assistance to some local counties that were excluded at the beginning. 

Leon, Liberty, Jackson, and Gadsden counties are now eligible for FEMA individual assistance.  

The counties that were listed as qualifying for federal assistance originally in the Big Bend area was Franklin, Taylor, and Wakulla. Gulf, Holmes, Bay, Calhoun, and Washington counties are also eligible. 

And as of Tuesday, not listed were the counties of Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison and Suwannee. 

To check whether your county is listed by FEMA for individual assistance, visit their site by clicking here

If you are in the the storm-affected counties but are in an area that does not qualify for individual assistance, you can still register for temporary assistance. 

To those in designated counties, FEMA's individual disaster assistance includes housing assistance. You may qualify for help whether you are a renter or homeowner. That information is at fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance.

Local sources of help can be found at floridadisaster.org/info. There you can find information about areas that include open shelters, curfews, family reunification, debris reporting, donations and insurance resources.

There is a Florida assistance information line at 1 (800) 342- 3557. To locate an emergency shelter near you, text SHELTER and your zip code to 43362.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - FEMA held a press conference on Friday urging evacuees in hard hit counties like Bay County to bear with them as restoration efforts continue. 

Cities along the Panhandle took extensive damage due to the storm surge and rising waters from the ocean.

FEMA Administrator, Brock Long, says initial search and rescue should be done by Friday, and that Florida's major hospitals took a major hit and have been working with local governments to move and stabilize patients. 

"Doing so, there's no infrastructure there to support you. And quite honestly it's a dangerous area to go back into. You know when you have this type of destruction there's gas lines that are there there's power lines that are down in doing so you're putting your life in danger and we ask you to be patient," said Long. "You know before you just try to rush back into those areas and understand that we're doing everything we can to get the roadways open and trying to stabilize the situation." 

If you live in Franklin County, Wakulla County, Taylor County, and you believe that you've experienced damage, FEMA encourages you to contact 1-800-621-FEMA or go online if you can to www.disasterassistance.gov. 


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - FEMA is providing individual assistance to to some local counties, although several hard-hit Big Bend counties have been excluded from individual assistance.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering disaster assistance programs in some areas. That information can be accessed by calling 1 (800) 821 - 3362 or TTY: 800 - 462 - 7585.

In Florida, as of 10:30 a.m. Friday, the counties that were listed as qualifying for federal assistance were Bay, Franklin, Gulf, Taylor and Wakulla.

Not listed were the counties of Gadsden, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison and Suwannee.

To check whether your county is listed by FEMA for individual assistance, visit their site by clicking here

If you are in the the storm-affected counties but are in an area that does not qualify for individual assistance, you can still register for temporary assistance.

To those in designated counties, FEMA's individual disaster assistance includes housing assistance. You may qualify for help whether you are a renter or homeowner. That information is at fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance.

Local sources of help can be found at floridadisaster.org/info. There you can find information about areas that include open shelters, curfews, family reunification, debris reporting, donations and insurance resources.

There is a Florida assistance information line at 1 (800) 342- 3557. To locate an emergency shelter near you, text SHELTER and your zip code to 43362.