How to apply for FEMA assistance after Hurricane Ian

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Hurricane Ian is currently making its way toward South Carolina and is regaining strength. Disaster relief is available for those in Florida. The Federal Emergency Management Agency shares information on how to get disaster relief and assistance after the storm leaves Florida.

Those applying should take photos to document the damage and begin cleanup and repair efforts to prevent more damage from occurring and keep all receipts for that work.

In addition, the assistance may also help provide funds for temporary housing or home repairs, among other expenses for recovery.

In Florida, FEMA said residents, both homeowners and renters, in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties can apply for the aid.

According to FEMA, Hurricane Ian survivors can apply for disaster relief:

  • Visit
  • Call 800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Using the FEMA mobile app.
  • Those using a relay service such as video relay service (VRS), closed captioning telephone service, or others provide FEMA with the number for that service.

When you apply to FEMA for help to cover hurricane damage and other disaster relief, you should be prepared to provide them with:

  • A current phone number where you can be reached
  • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now
  • your social security number
  • A general list of damages and losses
  • Bank details if you choose to make a direct deposit
  • If insured, the policy number or agent and/or company name

The state of Florida is accepting donations and is encouraging residents and supporters to provide financial assistance instead, as supplies of water, food and other items were in position prior to the storm’s arrival. To donate to the Florida Disaster Fund, go online here.

First Lady Casey DeSantis provided an update on the level of funding for Hurricane Ian relief efforts in the wake of the storm.

“We are very grateful and grateful for the great support. Raising more than $10 million in one day for the Florida Disaster Fund shows the kindness and compassion of the people of this state and nation,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis. “These private sector contributions will be deployed quickly and effectively to address the immediate needs of those hardest hit by the storm. We cannot thank people enough for their generosity.”

According to the governor’s office, the following people have provided funds in addition to donations from individuals.

  • Walmart ($1,500,000)
  • Amazon ($1,000,000)
  • Centene Charity Foundation ($1,000,000)
  • Ian MacKechnie of Amscot Financial ($1,000,000)
  • Florida Blue ($1,000,000)
  • Lennar ($1,000,000)
  • Boeing ($750,000)
  • Publix ($500,000)
  • TECO ($500,000)
  • Simply Healthcare ($350,000)
  • AirBnb ($250,000)
  • Wells Fargo ($250,000)
  • Verizon ($125,000)
  • Resumes ($100,000)
  • Duke Energy ($100,000)
  • Goldman Sachs ($100,000)
  • Rumble ($100,000)
  • Florida Power and Light ($50,000)
  • National Christian Foundation ($50,000)
  • PGA Tour ($25,000)
  • Horne ($25,000)

If you have any questions, you can contact Volunteer Florida at 850-414-7400 or email

Additionally, for those interested in providing more assistance to those affected by Hurricane Ian, the American Red Cross has partnered with WFLA and parent company Nexstar to support relief efforts in Florida.

Individuals who would like to donate to the American Red Cross to help Floridians affected by Hurricane Ian can do so by clicking here. How to apply for FEMA assistance after Hurricane Ian

Russell Falcon

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