FEMA Information


Seminole County residents are eligible for financial and direct services from FEMA's Individuals and Households Program (IHP) and Transitional Shelter Assistance Program (TSA).

You must first file a claim with your insurance company. If you do not have insurance, or if insurance does not cover losses caused by Hurricane Ian, you may apply for FEMA assistance. FEMA assistance is not a substitute for insurance and cannot compensate for all losses caused by a disaster. The assistance is intended to meet your basic needs and supplement disaster recovery efforts.

To learn more about eligibility criteria and review what FEMA assistance covers for households and other needs:

To apply for FEMA assistance:

  1. Take photos of your damaged home and belongings.
  2. Make a list of damaged/lost items.
  3. If you have insurance, you must file a claim with your insurance company first.
  4. If you do not have insurance, or insurance does not cover your claim, begin applying for FEMA assistance online, on the FEMA app, by phone, by mail, or at a Mobile Registration Intake Center. 


DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER: FEMA and Seminole County partners have opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), which serves as a one-stop-shop for residents seeking in-person assistance with FEMA services, SBA loans, disaster unemployment, legal advice, veterans services, and other community services and grants.

LOCATION: Seminole State College Sanford/Lake Mary Campus,  AT (Automotive Training) Building, 100 Weldon Boulevard, Sanford

HOURS: 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


  • FEMA: Registering for financial assistance, help with appeals, assistance for temporary housing, cleaning reimbursement, home repairs, and more
  • DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT: Resume help, job placement, interview coaching
  • SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: Low-interest business and home loan
  • LEGAL ADVICE: Free legal advice related to storm damage, landlord/tenant disputes, heir properties
  • RENTAL ASSISTANCE: First/last month rent assistance, grant program
  • DISASTER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT: Neighborhood disaster repairs, income-restricted household repairs
  • MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES: Disaster-related counseling, substance abuse treatment/education, family counseling
  • DIFFERENTLY-ABLED SERVICES: Support for individuals with developmental disabilities, iBudget Florida application assistance, supplies & equipment replacement
  • FAMILY RESOURCES: Connection to resources for clothing, shelter, personal hygiene items

Updated:  November 16, 2022