Belle Glade Sun

Services and options available for disaster recovery

Dealing with the aftermath of a disastrous storm can be stressful as individuals and communities try to recover. There are services and options available. We can help with some of the following issues:

• FEMA issues and appeals

• Disaster unemployment

• Disaster SNAP benefit eligibility and issues

• Landlord tenant matters where the landlord refused to make repairs to the rental property damaged by the storm

• Hurricane related insurance claims such as homeowner’s and auto policies.

• Claims related to items damaged by hurricane flooding

• Other housing-related needs as a result of Hurricane Irma such as eviction due to lack of ability to pay because of storm related expenses

• Displacement issues due to storm damage

• How to avoid consumer scams

• Disaster mortgage assistance

Contact our disaster relief project at 561-655-8944 ext. 367 if you are in need of such assistance.

Some reminders to guide you through the post disaster process:

• Hire licensed, reputable, preferably local service people.

• Verify a contractor’s license and check to see if there are any complaints against them by calling the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation at 800-487-1395.

• Ask for references from previous work.

• Ask legitimate contractors for proof of insurance – liability and worker’s compensation. Verify by calling the Division of Worker’s Compensation at 800-742-2214.

• Get written estimates from several construction firms.

• Pay by check or credit card and never pay the final amount until the work is completed to your satisfaction.

• Hold onto your receipts, contracts, and documents.