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How to begin the registration process with FEMA

How to begin the registration process with FEMA

How to begin the registration process with FEMA
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How to begin the registration process with FEMA

FEMA says they want to get people back into their home.  

Gary Petty from FEMA says if you need help rebuilding your home you should start to register on www.disasterassistance.gov or you can call the FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-3362. Petty says before you start to register for assistance some of the items you should have standing by is your social security number and a good contact number.  

Petty says food loss is not covered by FEMA.

Residents in Duval, St. Johns, Clay, Nassau, and Baker Counties can apply for individual assistance through FEMA.  

One question we’ve been getting from our listeners is “Can my generator be reimbursed?” and Gary Petty from FEMA says yes.

“Yes you can, you need to save your receipts, and call the “1-800” number or go in on Disasterasstance.gov and fill out your registration. Hold on to your receipt and you can be reimbursed for your generator” Petty says.     

Petty says make sure you register your generator first and he has provided some more information for those interested in the reimbursement program.  

Currently FL has authorized a replace amount of $499.99 for a generator. Basic requirements such as identity verification, signed/dated declaration and release, occupancy, and no insurance. Often Home Owners Insurance will cover.

Some of the verification needed for reimbursement of your Generator:

  • The generator is purchased or rented to power a life sustaining medically-required appliance, equipment or refrigerator for required prescribed medication.
  • The generator is determined an eligible item at the time of the disaster set-up.
  • The generator is purchased on or after the Governor’s Declaration of a State of Emergency up to the end of the incident period or the date power is restored to the applicant’s dwelling, whichever occurs first.
  • The applicant provides proof of purchase or rental receipts for the generator.


Reasons for denial regarding generators:

  • Applicant did not submit required documentation.
  • The generator was purchased or rented prior to the Governor’s declaration date or after the incident period end date.
  • The purchase or rental of the generator does not meet the conditions for eligibility.
  • The maximum allowable assistance has been awarded for the IHP Program.
  • An applicant residing in a secondary/non-primary home at the time of the incident will be initially ineligible (IOR). 
  • The applicant may become eligible if they appeal with supporting documentation to indicate that the expense is necessary for medical purposes, such as in the case of a generator for extended power outage or a chainsaw to restore emergency access.
  • Power is restored prior to the purchase or rental date of the generator. 
  • The applicant submitted insurance documentation indicating the generator was fully reimbursed by insurance.

Petty says this is not a blank check for people wanting to get generators.

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