Recovery Assistance -- Important Information!

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Recovery Assistance -- Important Information!




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Recovery Assistance:

For Individuals/Families (For Small Businesses See Below)


FEMA Individual Assistance Information/Homeowner Assistance

Broward residents that have experienced damage from Hurricane Irma, can apply for assistance from FEMA. Apply online at


FEMA Immigration Requirements

Questions about immigration requirements for FEMA assistance? You must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or a qualified alien to qualify for a grant from FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. However, undocumented individuals can apply on behalf of a minor child who is a citizen and has a social security number. Voluntary agencies also provide help regardless of citizenship/immigration status. Visit for details.


Home Owners

Operation Blue Roof provides no-cost temporary repairs for roofs damaged by Hurricane Irma. Click here for details!


No Internet Service? Visit One of the Broward County Libraries.

Residents are urged to go to their nearest Broward County Library that is open. For a list of open libraries, visit Internet service will be available at each Library’s Computer Center. Someone will be there to assist you in getting online. 


Senior Care / Veteran Services

For anyone who is 60 years of age or older and needs assistance, they can call the following agencies:

• Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County’s Elderly Helpline: 954-745-9779
• Broward County Elderly and Veterans Services: 954-357-6622



2-1-1 Broward: A 24/7 comprehensive agency in Broward County that provides individuals and families with all of the critical connections to health and human service agencies and programs they need in just one call.

3-1-1, Broward County Call Center: Provides a single point of contact for the services and programs offered by more than 60 agencies of Broward County government.



United States Department of Labor

United States Department of Labor - Hurricane Recovery Assistance

On this page: Public Service Announcements and other resources:

Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP)

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)


Florida Division of Emergency Management

Florida Division of Emergency Management

Recovery Programs:

Individual Assistance

Public Assistance Program

Debris & Special Considerations Program

Fire Management Assistance Grant Program

Apply for Federal Assistance


Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits.

Visit the Disaster Unemployment Assistance website. 


Disaster Distress Helpline

The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365–day–a–year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human–caused disaster. Phone: 1–800–985–5990


Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Hurricane Irma

USCIS offers immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including disasters such as Hurricane Irma.

Visit the USCIS field offices site for closing schedules and updates.  





Aid to Puerto Rico / Mexico

This PBS article highlights the following donation and aid links to Puerto Rico:

Nearly all of the U.S. territory’s 3.4 million residents need assistance recovering from the storm. Here’s how you can help.

Cash. Most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

·         United for Puerto Rico (spearheaded by the First Lady of Puerto Rico)

·         UNICEF

·         Center for Popular Democracy

·         Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” page

·         Former U.S. presidents have expanded their One America Appeal to include recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

·         All Hands Volunteers

·         Catholic Relief Services

·         Americares

·         Direct Relief

·         Save the Children, which focuses specifically on the needs of families and their children.

·         Global Giving has a $2 million goal for victims of Hurricane Maria

GoFundMe has also created a hub that includes all campaigns for Hurricane Maria. You can also find campaigns for individual families seeking help for loved ones.

Supplies. The government of Puerto Rico has also launched a guide that details how individuals or companies can donate emergency and construction supplies (from bottled water, hand sanitizer and formula to extension cords, tarp and safety glasses). The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) is coordinating many of these donations here (and corporate giving here).

Volunteers. Once infrastructure is stable, the island will also need volunteers. VOAD is a good place to start. It can help match you with organizations with efforts already underway.

Spread the word. Part of the problem is that much of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean isn’t able to ask for help, due to loss of power and infrastructure.

Facebook has a safety check page for victims and their families to check in with each other, as does Google Docs’ person finder. If you or loved one has access to any kind of cell or internet service, the American Red Cross also has an Emergency! App for saftey check-ins and updates. Univision launched an interactive page where you can search for updates on individual municipalities. Officials in Puerto Rico are asking people to report U.S. citizens who need emergency assistance to the State Department through its Task Force Alert program. Go to and select “2017 Storm Maria.”



Donations for Mexico


Red Cross Mexico

Oxfam Mexico

Save the Children Mexico (page is in English)

Project Paz

Topos Mexico

Global Giving (page in English)

International Community Foundation (page is in English)

World Vision (page is also in English)

GoFundMe (page is also in English)

Catholic Relief Services (page is in English)


Mexican Red Cross has been accepting direct donations online and has set up an Amazon Wish List for necessary items.

Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization, has staff members in Mexico City and has pledged that 100 percent of its donations will go directly to relief efforts, which it says will include facilitating the delivery of medical supplies to affected areas.

GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding organization, has pledged that all money donated to its earthquake fund will go to recovery and relief efforts.

Fondo Unido México, part of the United Way network, has created an emergency fund to help the areas affected by the earthquakes as well as the recent series of hurricanes.



Puerto Rico Relief Committee

Puerto Rico Drop-off Locations


Universidad Ana G Mendez - Temp Command Center and drop-off site.

15201 NW 79th Ct, Miami Lakes, FL 33016

Viernes 3pm a 7pm

Sabado 10am a 5pm

Domingo 10am a 4pm


Isla del Encanto - drop-off site 

Viernes de 12pm a 10pm

12850 SW 120th St, Miami, FL 33186


Ay Bendito food truck - drop-off site

Domingo 1pm a 6pm 

9225 SW 137 Ave Miami FL 33196


MANA Wynwood warehouse drop-off site

Sabado 11am a 5pm 

225 NW 2nd Ave, Miami FL. 33127. Drop off


Broward County

Casa Borinquen drop-off site

Sabado 1pm a 5pm

6519 Taft St, Hollywood, FL 33024



The Caribbean - Stay Informed

View the latest information from U.S. Embassies and Consulates in the region:

Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean

U.S. Embassy Barbados

See the latest Security and Emergency Messages

Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  (246) 227-4000



U.S. Consulate General Curacao

See the latest Security and Emergency Messages

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(599)(9) 510-6870


The Bahamas

U.S. Embassy Bahamas
See the latest Security and Emergency Messages

Emergency After-Hours Telephone +(242)357-7004


The Dominican Republic:

U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo
See the latest Security and Emergency Messages
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: (809) 567-7775

If you are concerned about non-U.S. citizens in Saba, St Eustatius, and St Maarten, please visit the Netherlands Red Cross Safe and Well website.




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