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President Donald J. Trump approves major disaster declaration for Florida

Donald Trump
Posted at 6:08 PM, Sep 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-10 14:26:45-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTXL) - President Donald Trump has approved federal funding for recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Sunday that the funds have been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma from September 4, and on.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. 

Federal funding is also available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, in all 67 counties in the state.   

FEMA says funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. 

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). 

Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.