Disaster Deadlines

Last Modified: 02/20/2024

Community Legal Services helps people affected by disasters by providing no-cost disaster recovery legal services and assistance in identifying other available resources. This page provides a collection of information to help you and your family members when faced with disaster along with specific deadlines based on the disaster.

Contact us when you need legal help with your disaster preparations or recovery.

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Go to our Disaster webpage to read detailed information about your legal rights during and after a natural disaster.

Hurricane Idalia - August 2023

  • Replacement SNAP – 10 days from food loss
  • D-SNAP – Pre-register September 22-28
    • Call DCF September 25-28, based on last name
      • Last name begins with A-M:  Call on Monday, September 25, 2023
      • Last name begins with N-Z:  Call on Tuesday, September 26, 2023
      • Any last name:  Call on Wednesday, September 27, 2023
      • Any last name:  Call on Thursday, September 28, 2023
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance  
    • Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Pasco, Pinellas, Suwannee, and Taylor counties – October 3rd, 2023
    • Pinellas county – October 5th, 2023
    • Manatee and Sarasota counties – October 11th, 2023
    • Click here to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance
  • FL Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
    • Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union and Wakulla counties – October 25th, 2023
  • FEMA Individual Assistance

Hot Food Waiver allows households to use their EBT card to purchase hot foods at participating retailers – Alachua, Baker, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Madison, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, and Wakulla counties.

AG’s Price Gouging Hotline is activated – 866-966-7226 or report price gouging online. During a storm-related declared state of emergency, state law prohibits excessive increases in the price of essential goods and services, such as food, water, hotel rooms, ice, gasoline, lumber, equipment and storm-related services needed as a direct result of the event.

Hurricane Ian - September 2022

  • FEMA Direct Housing Program – September 29th, 2024
    • FEMA has announced a six-month extension of the Direct Temporary Housing program through
      Sept. 29, 2024, for eligible households in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee, Manatee, Sarasota and Volusia
    • In accordance with FEMA housing program rules and regulations, those continuing to live in FEMA temporary
      housing units after March 29, 2024 will be responsible for paying monthly rent. Rental rates will vary based on the
      size and location of the temporary housing unit but will not exceed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
      Development’s Fair Market Rate. Residents will receive a letter about their individual situation. Residents with
      questions can speak with their FEMA housing advisor.
    • Click here for the latest information on Florida’s recovery from Hurricane Ian

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