Jacksonville, FL - Days after Hurricane Irma made its way through Florida, FEMA is expanding the counties eligible for individual assistance.
Homeowner, renters, and business owners in the following 37 counties can now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and under-insured damage resulting from Irma:
Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Clay, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Lucie, St. Johns, Sumter, and Volusia.
To register, you can visit disasterassistance.gov, download the FEMA mobile app, or give the agency a call at 800-621-3362 (FEMA).
William Lehman with FEMA, says after you register for individual assistance, the money will provide for things like rental housing, home repairs, medical and dental expenses and more.
"If they call FEMA, they have to provide some information, such as social security, phone number, damages, if they know their damages," says Lehman.
He tells WOKV the assistance is for people that are uninsured or underinsured and is made available to both individuals and business owners. Since the assistance is grant money, it doesn't have to be paid back either.
Lehman says the key to getting help, is to register now.
"The sooner they register, the sooner we can provide the relief and the money that they may be eligible for," says Lehman.