Following Irma, FEMA funds and other resources are offered for eligible applicants in Broward and other parts of Florida.
- FEMA Disaster Assistance. For homeowners with damage or sustained impact that you believe might result in future damage, register online at disasterassistance.gov or 800-621-3362. FEMA is encouraging homeowners to register early. The Irma Damage Assessment Survey form is available at the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center online form.
- Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program supports small businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm. The application period is from Sept. 14, 2017 through Oct. 31, 2017. Read the full release for more information.
- Legal aid hotline related to Hurricane Irma for residents in Florida who cannot pay for an attorney. online form or 866-550-2929. The hotline operates through a partnership between The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
- SBA Disaster Loan Program is for eligible businesses and private nonprofit organizations. Apply for Physical Disaster Loans to repair or replace damaged real estate, equipment, inventory and fixtures. Apply online.
- Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes may be eligible for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan to meet necessary financial obligations. Apply line.
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment was interrupted and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits. Disaster Unemployment Assistance website.