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Palm Beach County residents affected by Hurricane Ian now eligible for FEMA assistance

Declaration allows those affected to apply for housing assistance to help pay for lodging, home repair
Homes in Kings Point are being condemned after an EF-2 tornado tore through the complex on Sept. 27, 2022.
Posted at 4:44 PM, Oct 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-10 16:48:44-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Homeowners and renters in Palm Beach County who were affected by Hurricane Ian may now apply for FEMA disaster assistance.

President Joe Biden and the Federal Emergency Management Agency made the announcement Friday, according to U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla.

This new designation will allow residents who lost their homes in the EF-2 tornado at the Kings Point senior community and others affected by the Wellington EF-1 tornadoto receive federal help.

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Kings Point close up of roof completely removed from building, Sept. 28, 2022
The roof of this building at Kings Point is gone.

The declaration allows those affected to apply for housing assistance to help pay for lodging or home repair not covered by insurance.

Also, the federal funds will allow for financial assistance to replace necessary household items or a damaged vehicle, crisis counseling and more.

Frankel said residents who need assistance are encouraged to go to FEMA's website at disasterassistance.gov or call toll-free at 800-621-3362 to apply for help. The line is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.

Wellington tornado damage to Glenn Gurvitch's home
Glenn Gurvitch's home in Wellington was damaged by a tornado on Sept. 27, 2022.

Applicants will need to provide the following information:

  • A current phone number where you can be contacted
  • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying
  • Your Social Security number
  • A general list of damage and losses
  • Banking information if you choose direct deposit
  • If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name

FEMA has not made a declaration for residents in Okeechobee Countyafter multiple homes were damaged in the storm earlier this month.

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