Indian River County Approved For FEMA Individual Assistance

Individual assistance has been approved by FEMA for people with home damage in Sebastian, Fellsmere, Vero Beach, and other areas in Indian River County.
Individual assistance has been approved by FEMA for people with home damage in Sebastian, Fellsmere, Vero Beach, and other areas in Indian River County. (Photo: Andy Hodges)

SEBASTIAN – Individual assistance has been approved by FEMA for people living in Sebastian, Fellsmere, Vero Beach, and unincorporated areas in Indian River County.

If you have experienced damage to your home in Sebastian, Fellsmere, Vero Beach, or other areas in Indian River County as the result of Hurricane Irma, you may qualify for FEMA assistance.

This is a two-step process that begins by submitting a claim to your homeowner’s insurance, if applicable.

Then, apply online at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or call 1-800-621-3362; those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

When you register for disaster assistance either online or by phone, you will need the following to complete your application.

  • Social Security number
  • Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
  • Current mailing address
  • Current telephone number
  • Insurance information
  • Total household annual income
  • Routing and account number for your checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into your bank account).
  • A description of your disaster-caused damage and losses

If you would like a Q&A, visit the What To Expect When You Call FEMA page for more information.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.