Disaster Relief for Hurricane Irma

As Texas and Louisiana recover from the catastrophe of Hurricane Harvey, residents of Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other southeastern states are looking for relief after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. This is not only a testing time physically to the area, but mentally and emotionally to those impacted, including loved ones who were affected by the storm. Although it may seem difficult to be optimistic, Benefits.gov wants to assure you there is hope. Benefits.gov is committed to helping you and your family find the appropriate resources and support to get through this difficult time, and will continue to provide the information you need.

If you have been affected by the storm and need local resources and assistance, please visit DisasterAssistance.gov to find the nearest FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). After entering your address, the portal will list the closest three centers to you, that are ready to help.

If you or a loved one needs temporary and free lodging, you may be able to find this on the Airbnb website through their Disaster Response Program; available for a limited time only. You can also search for open shelters near you by texting SHELTER and your zip code to 4FEMA (43362). If you or a loved one is injured and need to find your closest hospital, use the U.S. Hospital Finder.

Food Assistance for Disaster Relief is a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) which coordinates with state, local, and voluntary organizations to:

  • Provide food for shelters and other mass feeding sites.
  • Distribute food packages directly to households in need in limited situations.
  • Issue Disaster Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits.

  You can view a fact sheet to learn about Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). This program offers short-term food assistance to families affected by a disaster. Contact your local SNAP state information hotline number for additional details.

As always, we encourage you and your family to stay safe, and keep hope alive. For more information on related assistance programs, visit the Benefits.gov Disaster Relief category. 

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