FEMA representatives available to assist Irma victims

HOLMES BEACH – For anyone affected by Hurricane Irma, help is on the way.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, to answer questions.

Residents and property owners with questions about what programs they may qualify for or who need help filling out FEMA paperwork are encouraged to attend. Assistance will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. No reservations are needed.

To apply for FEMA assistance, attendees must bring along a Social Security number, telephone number, mailing address and property insurance information. Also bring the address of the damaged property, a description of the damage and banking information for direct deposit of funds.

Other application submission options are by phone at 1-800-621-3362, 1-800-462-7585 for TTY users, or online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

After applications are submitted, FEMA inspectors will contact applicants to schedule on-site inspections to verify disaster-related loss. Proof of property ownership or residence also is required. No fees are charged for inspections. More than one inspector may visit the property during the verification process.

After review, all decisions are sent to applicants in writing by e-mail or physical mail.

For more information, or to see what programs are available, visit FEMA’s Hurricane Irma web page.