Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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20 Florida counties may apply for federal assistance to clean up after Debby

Pasco and Hernando counties, along with municipalities in those counties, will be able to seek federal assistance in paying to clean up the mess left behind by Tropical Storm Debby.

Federal government approval for public assistance was granted this week for 20 Florida counties, including Pasco and Hernando. Assistance was granted last week allowing individuals and businesses that suffered damage from the storm to seek financial help from the federal government.

Under the public assistance program, the federal government provides grant assistance for removing debris and for emergency protective measures. The cost of repair, replacement or restoration of publicly owned facilities damaged in the storm can also be covered.

State, local and county governments, as well as certain types of private, nonprofit organizations, may create an account at Florida PA.org within 30 days of the presidential declaration to apply for public assistance.

Individuals and families who suffered damage from the storm may register to seek assistance at disasterassistance.gov on the Internet, at m.fema.gov on web-enabled mobile devices, or by calling toll-free 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

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