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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2004
CONTACT: FEMA/Florida News Desk (407) 858-6207
                  SBA (404) 909-0460

27 Additional Counties Eligible for Disaster Assistance

ORLANDO—The Department of Community Affairs today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted individual assistance to 27 additional Florida counties impacted by Hurricane Jeanne.

"We are grateful for FEMA's continued commitment to assisting the Florida residents impacted by recent hurricanes," said Governor Jeb Bush. "The needs of our residents and their communities are great right now as they strive to rebuild their lives and economies. It's comforting to know our federal partners are doing all they can to lighten our financial load in all ways possible, and we greatly appreciate their expedient attention to our state in this regard."

Individuals are now eligible for FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP), which provides money and services to people in the disaster area when losses are not covered by insurance and property has been damaged or destroyed.

The newly declared counties include:

  • Alachua
  • Baker
  • Bradford
  • Charlotte
  • Citrus
  • Clay
  • Columbia
  • DeSoto
  • Dixie
  • Duvall
  • Flagler
  • Gilchrist
  • Glades
  • Hamilton
  • Hendry
  • Jefferson
  • Lafayette
  • Levy
  • Madison
  • Manatee
  • Nassau
  • Putnam
  • St Johns
  • Sarasota
  • Suwannee
  • Taylor
  • Union

For information or to apply for assistance please call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

The State Emergency Response Team (SERT) is a collaboration of Florida’s emergency management agencies led by the state coordinating officer. SERT’s mission is to ensure that Florida is prepared to respond to emergencies, recover from them, and mitigate their impact. Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org for the latest information on the hurricane relief effort.

On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.

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Last updated: July 08, 2005

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