FEMA Disaster Teams Will Go Door-to-Door in Okeechobee County Starting Thursday
Okeechobee County - Wednesday October 12, 2022: Okeechobee residents will see FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams throughout their residential neighborhoods beginning Thursday, October 13. The teams will be helping residents to apply for assistance.
DSA team members will be asking about hurricane damage issues only and will not require proof of citizenship. The DSA team is also scheduled to have Spanish speaking members and they will have access to translation services for other language needs.
All DSA team members carry FEMA issued photo identification and will show it upon request.
FEMA has included Okeechobee among the Florida counties now eligible for Individual Assistance. Residents should be prepared with a photo ID and proof of residency when applying.
Okeechobee residents can also go to https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ online to apply or go to any Disaster Reception Center in the state to apply for assistance.
Otherwise, Okeechobee County Emergency Management officials continue to assess and responding to community needs resulting from Hurricane Ian.
As of Wednesday, October 13 the County EOC offers these updates:
• Additional resources available for residents of Okeechobee County:
- Red Cross: www.redcross.org
- Florida Legal Helpline: 866-550-2929
- Small Business Administration: www.sba.gov 800-659-2955
- Mental Health Support: Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990
- Crisis Cleanup Hotline: www.crisiscleanup.org 800-451-1954
• Hurricane debris removal is continuing throughout the county.
• The Emergency Operations Center remains at Activation Level 2: Partial Activation focused on recovery efforts.
• For continued updates go to: Okeechobee County Website: www.co.okeechobee.fl.us