Santa Rosa and Escambia County officials announced May 6 that both counties have received the FEMA Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance.
According to a press release from Escambia County, the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) is a combined FEMA and State program. The IHP provides up to $32,400 (FY 2014) for financial help or direct services to those who have necessary expenses and serious needs if they are unable to meet the needs through other means. When a disaster occurs, this program provides grant money and services to people in the declared area whose property has been damaged or destroyed and whose losses are underinsured or not covered by insurance.
In every case, the disaster survivor must register for assistance and establish eligibility. The toll-free telephone registration number is (800) 621-FEMA (3362). Individuals who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call (800) 462-7585 directly; those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) should call (800) 621-3362.