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AFSCME Florida 

Click here for important disaster relief links and efforts for state, city and municipal employees.

Florida Education Association

Click here for resources and disaster relief opportunities for union members in the education community.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance


Are you or have you been unemployed due to the hurricane? If so here is where to apply for temporary assistance for workers unemployed as a result of a major disaster. Examples of workers who qualify:

  • Self employed individuals who lost their business or saw it interrupted.
  • Workers whose place of business was damaged and work is not available.
  • Workers who can no longer reach their place of employment.
  • Workers unemployed due to the disaster.
  • Workers scheduled to begin work but can no longer because the place of employment was damaged or destroyed.
  • Workers outside disaster declaration area may be eligible if their employer was impacted leading to their unemployment.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is a federal program administrated by the states that kicks in when a disaster declaration is made by the President of the United States. The program provides temporary financial assistance for workers unemployed as the result of a major disaster.

United Way

Get additional links for assistance from the United Way Florida’s disaster relief website at


1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

Florida residents can start applying for federal disaster assistance Wednesday through FEMA, emergency management officials said.

Residents who sustained losses from Hurricane Irma can start applying for FEMA’s individual and household programs, Florida Rep. Darren Soto said.

“FEMA issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Florida on Sept. 10, 2017, allowing for federal funds to be used in the recovery phase from Hurricane Irma,” Soto said. “It has since been updated to include 21 counties eligible for individual and household assistance”

The 21 counties eligible for assistance include: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia counties.

To apply, visit or download FEMA App by clicking on Disaster Resources. The process can also be started via phone by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The number is toll free and operational between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. seven days a week.