How, Where to Get FEMA Assistance for Hurricane Michael: Aid for Bay County Residents, Eight Others in Florida Available

After Hurricane Michael crashed into the Florida Panhandle this week as one of the strongest storms to ever hit the United States, many individuals and families are in need of FEMA Disaster Aid.

There's good news since the U.S. Government said Saturday that FEMA Disaster Aid is now available for those in heavily damaged Bay County, which includes Panama City and Mexico Beach, and eight other counties across the Florida Panhandle.

Here is how and where to apply for Hurricane Michael FEMA Disaster Aid. Go to https://www.disasterassistance.gov / and click Apply Online.

You will need:

  • social security number
  • address of damaged home or apartment
  • description of damage
  • information about insurance coverage
  • telephone number
  • mailing address
  • bank account and routing numbers to direct deposit funds

FEMA reports that more than "640,000 customers remain without power across impacted areas of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

"Debris on roads are limiting power restoration efforts and fuel deliveries. Utilities continue working restorations. Federal partners continue to deploy and stage power restoration teams and generators. Thirty-nine percent of gas stations in the Florida Panhandle are without fuel."

FEMA said it has deployed more than 1,300 staff to the affected Hurricane Michael damage area, including 12 Disaster Survivor Assistance teams "helping survivors register for assistance, identify and address immediate and emerging needs and make referrals to other local, state and voluntary agencies to best meet survivors' needs."

Since Michael's landfall, FEMA said its search and rescue teams completed 40 evacuations, 24 assists, 3,447 shelter in place checks, 33 animal assists and 3,789 structural assessments in Florida. The numbers will continue to increase throughout the weekend.

In Panama City and Mexico Beach on Saturday, residents needing food and water found relief thanks for support efforts from state and federal governments. Beginning at sunrise Saturday, multiple food (meals) and water distribution centers were in action throughout in Panama City and into Mexico Beach, the hardest hit areas when Category 4 Michael stormed ashore on Wednesday. You can see the complete Bay County food and water distribution location list here.

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