Serving Members of a 538 Home Boating Community in Englewood, Fl

Apply for FEMA by Oct 30th

Dear Floridian:

Individuals and households in Charlotte County and Sarasota County are now eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance due to Hurricane Idalia impacts. Individual Assistance is available to individuals and households in need of financial and direct services who have uninsured or underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs. The deadline to apply is October 30, 2023.

Ways to Apply:

WEB: Apply for disaster assistance at
APP: Download the FEMA mobile app
PHONE: Call 800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time



The letter will explain your application status and how to respond. It is important to read the letter carefully. Applicants may only need to submit additional information or supporting documentation for FEMA to continue processing the application.  If you have questions about the letter, call the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 to find out what information FEMA needs. Learn more.


You may submit a signed letter explaining why you disagree with FEMA’s decision and providing additional information or documents supporting your appeal. The appeal must be submitted within 60 days of the date on the eligibility letter. Please visit FEMA’s website to view important information about how to write an appeal and what you should include in your appeal. Call 800-621-3362 to get help filing an appeal. Learn more.


If FEMA refers you to the SBA, you should complete an SBA disaster loan application on the SBA website. It’s important to submit the disaster loan application. If you are approved for a loan, you are not obligated to accept it. If you apply and are not eligible for a low-interest disaster loan, this may open the door to an additional grant from FEMA. Learn more.


Impacted individuals with insurance are encouraged to apply for FEMA. Residents with homeowners, renters, or flood insurance should file a claim as soon as possible. FEMA cannot aid with losses already covered by insurance. If your insurance does not cover all your losses or is delayed, you may be eligible for FEMA assistance regarding your unmet needs. If your insurance settlement is delayed more than 30 days from the time you file your claim, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Learn more.


At this time, individuals and households in Lee county are not eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance due to Hurricane Idalia impacts. Damage assessments are continuing, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed. Please continue to check my website for updates.

Additional information about Hurricane Idalia recovery is available from FEMA and

You will find 2023 Hurricane Season Information on my website, including Idalia recovery resources and information about how to prepare for the next disaster. 

Please don’t hesitate to call my office at 941-499-3214 if we can assist you. You can also stay updated by liking my Facebook page, following me on Twitter, following me on Instagram, following me on Rumble, following me on Gettr, and following me on Truth Social.

Congressman Greg Steube