Hurricane Irma left a disastrous effect on South Florida. My office and I are here to help anyway we can to make the process of rebuilding the Florida Keys and restoring Miami-Dade to the one-of-a-kind paradise we all call home as easy as possible.


To stay updated with the situation on the ground in Monroe County, follow the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners on Facebook here. Following President Trump’s approval of a Major Disaster Declaration, there are multiple federal resources available to our community as we rebuild and recover.

If you need assistance navigating these resources, please don't hesitate to call our office at (305) 222-0160 or visit one of our Mobile Office Hours throughout the Florida Keys. Details here.




1. I need immediate assistance.

  • Emergency Shelter: Locate options by zip code by visiting the American Red Cross, or Salvation Army, or by texting SHELTER and your zip code (for example, “SHELTER 01234”) to 4FEMA (43362). (Standard text message rates apply.)
  • Emergency Shelter: Locate options by zip code by visiting the American Red Cross, or Salvation Army, or by texting SHELTER and your zip code (for example, “SHELTER 01234”) to 4FEMA (43362). (Standard text message rates apply.)
    • Monroe County: Dial 1-800-955-5504
    • Miami-Dade County: Dial 3-1-1

2. I need financial assistance.


There are several ways to see if you qualify for financial assistance:

Unemployment Disaster Assistance

If you are unemployed as a result of Hurricane Irma, please visit Florida’s Disaster Unemployment Assistance page for information on eligibility and the application process.

Home or Property Damage

  • Home/Primary Residence: FEMA provides housing assistance to individuals and families who have lost their homes as a result of a presidentially-declared disaster. If you are a renter or homeowner you may qualify for assistance.  By law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.  If your home was effected by a major disaster, we recommend that you apply for assistance here.

  • If the roof of your home has been damaged: The U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers provides homeowners with fiber-reinforced plastic sheeting to cover their damaged roofs until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs. This is a free service to homeowners. Call 1-888-ROOF-BLU or visit one of these locations to get the Operation Blue Roof process started: 
    • Miami Dade County:
      • Lowe's Home Improvement (map)
        1850 NE 8th St.
        Homestead, FL
      • Stephen Clark Government Center (map)
        111 Northwest 1st St.
        Miami, FL
    • Monroe County: 
      • DTOS/Home Depot (map)
        4555 Overseas Highway
        Marathon, FL

Business Assistance

Business: The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest loans for business damages.  Learn more about the business loan application process here.

Other Federal Resources
How the IRS Can help with tax assistance:

  • IRS has a special toll-free number (866-562-5227) for taxpayers with questions in federally-declared disaster areas.
  • IRS can assist with reconstructing records. Use Get Transcript tool, Form 4506-T and Form 4506

How the VA can help with assistance: If you need assistance seeking medication or care from the VA in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, please call the Miami-VA Executive Director's office at (305) 575-7000. 


How the Department of Agriculture can help ranchers and farmers: Ranchers and farmers whose family or small business is struggling due to the storm, can receive assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to receive financial assistance for damage to your home or farm property, food, or lost crops or livestock. Find out what aid is available to your family or business at the USDA’s Disaster Resource Center.

I Applied for Assistance, What's Next?


Small Business Administration Application: Some applications for disaster assistance require you to also submit an SBA application before we can determine your eligibility for assistance.  Learn more about the home and property disaster loan application.

Home Inspection: You will receive a call from FEMA within 10 days of submitting your application to schedule an appointment for a home inspector to visit you. In the event of a catastrophic disaster an inspector may take longer to visit you.


After the Inspection

If you qualify for a grant, FEMA will provide you:

  • A check by mail or a direct deposit into your checking or savings account,
  • A letter describing how you are to use the money.

If you do not qualify for a grant, FEMA will provide you:

  • A letter explaining why you did not qualify, and
  • An opportunity to appeal the decision.




After a disaster, many people want to volunteer their services or donate money or goods. FEMA provides information and tips on volunteering and donating responsibly after a natural disaster.  


Do not just "show up" to volunteer assistance. This actually makes things harder for responders. The following groups and organizations provide information on helping survivors of natural disasters:


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