Last day to apply for FEMA assistance after Hurricane Irma

By Digital Media Team,
Last Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017, 8:40 AM EST

Friday is the last day for register for federal help for residents with damage caused by Hurricane Irma. 

The deadline was extended to give more people time to file. 

FEMA assistance can help cover any losses not covered by insurance. 

Residents may be eligible to recover costs of necessary and serious disaster-related expenses through a FEMA grants program called Other Needs Assistance. The program provides financial assistance for:

  • Personal property loss
  • Medical, dental and funeral expenses
  • Transportation repairs/replacement
  • New child care expenses or an increased burden of such expenses
  • Miscellaneous expenses such as dehumidifiers and chainsaws

How to register:

  • Online at
  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service (VRS). If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. Help is available in many languages. Helpline numbers are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST, seven days a week.
  • Information is available in ASL at:
  • Download the FEMA Mobile App and apply.

The deadline to submit an application for a Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loan also is at 11:59 tonight. Submitting a loan application does not imply acceptance of a loan; it’s a necessary step to being considered for other forms of disaster assistance.  

For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing, or visiting SBA’s website at Individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing may call 800-877-8339. SBA representatives are also available at any DRC or business recovery center.

For more recovery information, visit, or follow us @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and on FEMA’s Facebook page.