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We got hit by a hurricane. Some helpful links

We got hit by a hurricane. Some helpful links

Last week, Tampa Bay got hit by Hurricane Irma. And while it was projected to be much worse, a good majority were/are out of power for a week. We’d like to share some links & info that you all might find useful in dealing with the aftermath.

Mortgage

You can get a delay on paying your mortgage for a few months.

As we now live in a Federally declared disaster area if you have a Mortgage, your Mortgage Holder is required by Federal Law to give you a 3 month Forbearance on your Mortgage Payments at no cost and no credit implications, if requested. I personally contacted Ditech Loans and it took approx 2 min to get my Forbearance. My next payment is due January 2018. The 3 months are added to the back end of my loan extending the term 3 months. The Lender is required by Federal Law to give you this Forbearance if requested. Call your Lender now, no cost, no credit implications! Great way to reduced the Financial strain heaped upon us by Irma!!! P.S please keep in mind that you lender may have structured the forbearance plan differently. YOU MUST CALL YOUR LENDER TO USE THE PLAN.

Structural/Economic Damage

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.
http://www.pinellascounty.org/
https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4337

“Applying for Federal Assistance for Irma Damage
Pinellas: Residents, businesses can apply for federal assistance for Irma damage
Loans offer federal aid for loss and damage related to disasters

• President Trump signed federal disaster declaration Sunday
• Federal assistance available through FEMA for individuals and families
• Low-interest disaster loans through U.S. Small Business Administration

Pinellas County businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals who suffered damages as a result of Hurricane Irma can now apply for federal assistance.

Pinellas is one of numerous counties eligible for federal funds following the issuance of a major disaster declaration Sunday by President Donald Trump.

Both individuals and business owners should document any storm-related damage as they return to their homes and businesses, including photos, to include in their applications for assistance.

FEMA assistance for individuals
Individuals can register online for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.

Applicants will need the following to apply:
• Social Security Number;
• Daytime telephone number;
• Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property; and
• Private insurance information, if available.

FEMA urges those interested to apply as soon as possible, as applications may trigger additional grant assistance.

Another option for individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, is to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.

Please note: FEMA encourages applicants to use the website first to apply as significant call volume may cause long wait times on the phone.
SBA loans for businesses

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. The loans can be used for loss and damages not fully covered by insurance.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Businesses that suffered physical damage and need cash flow assistance while waiting for SBA assistance can also contact Pinellas County Economic Development about applying for Florida’s emergency bridge loan program. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 13, businesses can contact the Pinellas County Small Business Development Center for information about bridge loans at: (727) 453-7200.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.

A Disaster Recovery Center location will be set up in Pinellas County for applicants who need in-person assistance with either FEMA or SBA programs. More information will be announced.

Pinellas County citizens are encouraged to get updates on Irma recovery efforts by visiting www.pinellascounty.org and following county social media accounts; search hashtag #PinellasIrma. ” –  City Councilwoman Darden Rice

 

Still out of power? Get in a hotel:

https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Charging Stations

As of September 13 at 2:01pm

Need to recharge?

The City of St. Pete has 3 mobile charging stations up and running at the following locations:

– Carter G. Woodson Museum
– Shore Acres Recreation Center
– Childs Park Recreation Center

You can also recharge at the main library.

 

More helpful information:

Who Should File A FEMA Claim and How To Do So, WUSF

Have a headache? Hurricane Irma may be to blame


 

Updates from the Mayor

City To Open Disaster Relief Centers on Friday, Sept. 15

Pinellas County businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals who suffered damages as a result of Hurricane Irma can now apply for federal assistance. Pinellas is one of numerous counties eligible for federal funds following the issuance of a major disaster declaration Sunday by President Donald Trump.

The City of St. Petersburg will open Disaster Relief Centers to help St. Pete residents affected by Hurricane Irma. City staff will be available to assist area residents in making an application to FEMA for individual or business assistance. Centers will have secure technology available, to ensure protection of personal, sensitive information. Citizens are encouraged to visit the online FEMA checklist to review required information for the application at www.disasterassistance.gov/get-assist…/application-checklist.

Additional community organizations will be on site to provide information on their disaster support services.

Center location and hours include:

Enoch Davis Center
1111 18th Ave. S.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33705
Friday, Sept. 15, noon to 7 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 18- Fri., Sept. 22, noon to 7 p.m.

Sunshine Senior Center
330 5th St. N.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
Friday, Sept. 15, noon to 7 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 18- Fri., Sept. 22, noon to 7 p.m.

A center in West St. Pete will be open next week. Details forthcoming.

Additionally, City street teams deployed earlier this week are providing information on FEMA assistance.

Individuals and businesses can apply for funding directly online at www.disasterassistance.gov or using the FEMA app at fema.gov/mobile-app

Want to Volunteer? Donate?

http://www.stpete.org/community/social_services/donation_and_volunteer_opportunities.php

 


If you have other resources to share in the comments below.

Sue Powers Hoffman
sue@hashtagcreative.co
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