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Federal Individual Assistance comes to Hernando County for those affected by Hurricane Idalia

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By Nick Brandt

Hernando County Public Information Officer,

Community Risk Reduction Manager

Hernando County has met the threshold for FEMA Individual Assistance (IA).  Local, State, and Federal damage assessment teams worked diligently into Friday evening and submitted their assessments to the State of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management.  Hernando County’s Emergency Management officials were notified Saturday morning, shortly after 8 a.m., that Hernando County was added to the original seven declared counties.  Hernando County was also approved for FEMA Public Assistance (PA) for categories A and B, debris management and emergency protective measures respectively.  

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Hernando County residents who were affected by Hurricane Idalia may apply for federal assistance and check their application status by visiting www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or you may also download the FEMA mobile app through both Google Play and the App Store.  You may also apply for Federal IA disaster assistance by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. If you use a video relay service, captioned telephone service, or other communication services, please provide FEMA with the specific number assigned for that service. 

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) Teams began visiting the affected residential areas Sunday afternoon to help homeowners register for FEMA IA assistance.  FEMA DSA Team members will be clearly identified by a blue FEMA vest or FEMA shirt with a FEMA photo identification badge.  DSA Team members will have a presence within Hernando County for the foreseeable future as we continue our recovery process. 

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