Dennis Application Deadline Four Weeks Away

Floridians impacted by Hurricane Dennis have 28 days left to register for disaster assistance with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. The registration deadline is Sept. 8, 2005.

Individuals and business owners with damages and losses from the recent hurricanes are urged to register for assistance first by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The TTY number for speech- or hearing-impaired individuals is 1-800 462 7585. Both numbers operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EDT), Monday through Friday. Floridians may also register for assistance online at

After applying, those who have questions may visit a Disaster Recovery Center to meet face-to-face with recovery specialists.

“The time is winding down for Floridians to register for available federal aid,” said State Coordinating Officer Craig Fugate of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT). “The application process seldom takes longer than 20 minutes by phone, while the Internet allows for a fast and easy way to submit an application online.”

To date, 36,345 applicants have registered for disaster aid for damages caused by the hurricane, and FEMA has approved more than $17.7 million in aid for individuals and families.

“FEMA is committed to helping Floridians recover from Hurricane Dennis since it impacted the Panhandle region on August 10,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Justin DeMello. “We want to make sure everyone who is eligible for aid receives the assistance they need. In order do this, we need to have an individual’s application before Sept. 8.”