Hurricane Preparedness - Recovery Relief Assistance
What to Know:
Emergency Personnel: County and city employees will be focused on search and rescue and damage assessments. They cannot provide food, water, gasoline or financial assistance during this time period. Expect little, if any, support from the state and federal government and utilities agencies during the first three days as they mobilize their resources.
After the initial 72 hours, state and federal agencies will begin providing food, water and ice to areas that can be reached. City and county crews will begin clearing streets of debris so that emergency vehicles, work crews and civilian vehicles can get through.
When the area is stabilized, long-term recovery begins with business restoration, building repairs and interim long-term housing for those who lost homes.
In the months that follow, state and federal governments will set up sites to take insurance and financial aid claims such as long-term housing, and loans for reconstruction and small business.
File Insurance Claims:
You may need to access the coverage of both your homeowners and automobile policies to put things back together. Be sure to:
Know Your Rights:
Criminals may prey on your vulnerability after a storm. Know your rights as a consumer and don't let your eagerness to make repairs leave you a victim.
Contact the Pinellas County Department of Justice and Consumer Services for more information at (727) 464-6200.
Assistance from Disaster Relief Agencies:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may establish Disaster Recovery Centers throughout the county. These centers are kept open and running as long as necessary to serve the public. Depending on the storm's severity, assistance may include:
Links to the primary disaster assistance sites nationwide and in Florida:
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
US Department of Homeland Security
USDA Agricultural Disaster Assistance
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center
Department of Emergency Management
Citizen Information Center
(during an emergency activation call (727) 464-4333)