Important Disaster Relief Information for October

There are many resources available to our community to aid in recovery after a natural disaster like Hurricane Irma. However, it is important to remain aware of deadlines so that these resources do not become out of reach. For detailed information on recovery resources visit our Relief and Recovery page or download out Post-Hurricane Irma Resource Guide.

Double SNAP Benefits at Florida Farmers Markets: Match Up to $40 in October

Due to Hurricane Irma’s calamitous impact on communities across Florida, Fresh Access Bucks is enabling Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to match their SNAP benefits up to $40 in Fresh Access Bucks toward the purchase of Florida-grown fruits and vegetables at participating markets until October 31st 2017. For a complete list of participating markets in Florida, please visit: www.freshaccessbucks.com/fab-markets

A program of Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers, Inc. (FOG), Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) is a statewide incentive program designed to encourage SNAP recipients to redeem their benefits at farmers markets to purchase fresh, healthy foods directly from Florida farmers. At participating markets, FOG matches what a SNAP cardholder spends with FREE Fresh Access Bucks – up to $40, every market day for the month of October. Customers can use them right away or later on to buy Florida-grown fruits and vegetables.

Read the complete press release

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

The Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is extending the deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) to 10/31/17:

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to Florida businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of Hurricane Irma. DUA is available to those who worked or were self-employed, or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment and 

  • Do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits from any state; and
  • Due to the disaster:
    • Are not able to work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
  • Cannot reach the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
  • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster; or
  • Became the breadwinner or major supporter of a household because the head of household died as a direct result of the disaster.

Medicare/Health Ins. Marketplace Special Enrollment Periods

To help survivors of Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will make available special enrollment periods for all Medicare beneficiaries and certain individuals seeking health plans offered through the Federal Health Insurance Exchange. This important step gives these individuals and families who have been impacted by the hurricanes the opportunity to change their Medicare health and prescription drug plans and gain access to health coverage on the Exchange immediately if eligible for a special enrollment period.
These special enrollment periods are in addition to the regular annual open enrollment periods.

Florida KidCare Extension of the payment deadline of Hurricane Irma premiums

Florida KidCare understands that Hurricane Irma may have affected families who were unable to pay for October coverage. For this reason, they will extend the payment due until October 31, 2017. In order for this deadline extension to apply to payments, families should call 1-888-540-5437 (Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm) and ask to speak with a representative. To ensure continuity of child coverage, families are encouraged to make the payment as soon as possible. Once the payment of the premium has been received and noticed to the child’s health plan, the child will be covered throughout the month of October retroactively. Those who use the services in October, before making the payment of the premium, may be required to pay the services directly and, once they have paid the premium, submit a request for reimbursement to the health plan.

Resources Contact Information

Disaster Distress Hotline


Disaster Legal Services




Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)


FEMA Fraud Hotline




Crisis Clean-up


1-800-451-1954 (available through October 14, 2017)


United Way 


#211  1-888-370-7188
www.navigateresources.net/211Community Resources      
Second Harvest Food Bank 


Central: 407-295-1066
Tallahassee: 850-562-3033


Volunteer Florida


Volunteer and Donations –
U.S. SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center


1-800-877-8339 (TTY)
[email protected]
Florida’s Insurance Helpline


[email protected]
Division of Workers Compensation




Free credit reports


Help to report and recover from identity theft




Social Security Administration


Veterans Administration


U.S. Dept. of Labor: unemployment and other assistance




Replacing birth certificates, social security cards, Medicaid cards, etc. 1-844-USA-GOV1