In June, we shared with you tips and tools to prepare for Florida Hurricane Season. But what do you do after the hurricane has passed? Below you will find resources to help you and your family in recovery efforts.
Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) – APD has a Recovery Toolkit available on their website that includes resource links across the state, press releases, and more. The toolkit can be found at https://apd.myflorida.com/news/toolkit.htm
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – FEMA will set up temporary Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) after a disaster to provide support to impacted areas and communities. These offices may assist with the application process, answer questions about your application, and help you submit information to FEMA. You can also review their Frequently Asked Questions About Disasters page for more details about assistance, to locate a recovery center, and more at https://www.fema.gov/disaster/recover/faq or text DRC and a ZIP Code to 4FEMA (43362). You can also call the FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-3362.
Division of Emergency Management (DEM) – Through the State Emergency Response Team (SERT), DEM maintains emergency information for disasters. It includes statewide information such as open shelters (including special needs shelters), evacuation orders, school closures, and much more. Information can be found at https://www.floridadisaster.org/info/
Emergency Management Websites by County – To find your local emergency management website, please visit https://feaweb.org/member-center/hurricane-resources/#emergmgmtbycounty
American Red Cross – The American Red Cross offers many forms of assistance and relief after a disaster. They hand out food and water, provide emergency shelters, assist with medical care, and much more. For information and to find your local Red Cross, please visit https://www.redcross.org/get-help.html
Florida 511 – This can be used to get real-time traffic information. You can download the app or visit https://fl511.com/
7-Dippity – This organization provides a free download of After The Storm: A Guide to Help Children Cope with the Psychological Effects of a Hurricane. This is available in both English and Spanish. https://7-dippity.com/after-the-storm/