If you are a survivor of Hurricane Irma in Florida, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is still offering assistance – but not for much longer. You must act quickly if you need federal help.
The date has been extended so you can file for FEMA individual disaster assistance through Nov. 24. FEMA extended the deadline for anyone who needs coverage for personal property loss, home repairs, or rental assistance which has not been covered by insurance.
How to get help from FEMA
Contact FEMA online at disasterassistance.gov or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day of the week.
You can also access other recovery resources, including unemployment help, family services, and mental health services.…
Irma was the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and it had the numbers to back it up:
Irma’s tropical storm force winds covered 70,000 square miles. Our state’s whole area is actually less than that at 65,000 square miles.
The strong winds of the hurricane reached 300 miles wide, which is two times wider than the state of Florida.
Irma’s maximum sustained winds reached up to 185 mph. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew’s top winds only hit 175 mph.
Many places throughout Florida are closed and are unsure when they will reopen due to the staggering damage.
Monkey Jungle, one of South Florida’s favorite wildlife parks, has been devastated by fallen trees.…
Hurricane season is approaching quickly, and although many Floridians can still see remnants of damages from last year, the weather is stopping for no one. As the temperature of the ocean rises, things are only appearing to get more dangerous and bring the potential to cause more damage.
Dealing with the hurricane is just the beginning. If you experience property damage or flooding, dealing with your insurance company can be another nightmare. Prepare yourself for this season by knowing the potential of big storms hitting Florida, and of big changes in the way insurance providers cover hurricane damage.
What Are The Chances Of a Busy Hurricane Season?
It’s likely we’re going to see at least a few storms this year.…
Broken windows, torn-off siding, roofs lifted from homes—it’s no secret that hurricanes can do some pretty extensive damage, especially to homes along the Florida coast. With the potential property losses associated with tropical storms, it pays to have homeowner’s insurance that covers hurricane damage.
Most lenders in Florida actually require homeowners to have some form of hurricane insurance in order to get a mortgage, and most Florida homeowner’s insurance includes damage caused by windstorms and hurricanes. Ideally, this type of policy will compensate you for any home damage you might experience in the event of a storm. However, there are some unexpected types of damage that may cause an insurance company to delay or deny a claim.…
Ah, summer. The kids are out of school, nearby bodies of water are beckoning, and lots of people are finalizing their vacation plans (or already heading off on a summer trip). And then there’s the other hallmark of summer in Florida: the tropical weather.
June marked the beginning of hurricane season in Florida, and while the National Hurricane Center is not currently predicting any tropical storms, it’s always wise to be prepared in the event that a hurricane does descend upon our state.
If you’ve recently moved to Florida from a less hurricane-prone region, you may be wondering exactly how to prepare for this time of the year.…
Hurricanes in Florida: An All Too Familiar Event
High winds, torrential rains, property damage, and even death: The trademarks of a hurricane are unmistakable. Ahurricane is a tropical storm that develops over water – usually in the Caribbean or off the coast of Africa – and then moves west, picking up heat and energy.
Eventually, the warm air moves to the center, or the eye, of the storm. In order to qualify as a hurricane, a storm must have winds of at least 74 mph, though the worst hurricanes, those in Category 5, have winds over 155 mph. If you live in Florida, there is no doubt that you have experienced the effects of a hurricane in some form or another.…
The statistical likelihood that residents of Hollywood will file hurricane damage insurance claims is extremely high. The area is brushed by or hit by a hurricane an average of once every two years and direct hits occur on an average of once every five years.
Obviously, some years will be worse than others when it comes to hurricane damage, but it is unreasonable to assume that anyone could live for any extended period in Hollywood and never file insurance claims because of a hurricane or tropical storm.
Whether a property owner suffers a direct hit from a hurricane, sustains damage from the tornadoes that hurricanes can spawn, or experiences the destruction that can occur from the gusts that are generated even when a storm passes through nearby communities, the devastation can be extensive.…
Fort Lauderdale residents are no strangers to the destruction and devastation that can occur when a tropical storm or a hurricane hits the area. Property owners often sustain extensive damage to their structures and the contents. Most area residents have insurance to cover any losses they suffer, but when those claims are denied, it can seem as though they have been hard hit not once, but twice.
Residents of Fort Lauderdale have every reason to expect insurance claims to be honored following a hurricane or other tropical storm. When those claims are denied, it is as though they have been made to suffer a second time. Whether the claims are denied outright, delayed, or offered a minimal low settlement, it is a violation of justice that those who have sustained damage from a hurricane cannot get the compensation to which they are entitled.…