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Sarasota County eligible for individual disaster assistance

The federal government has approved five more counties to be included in the Tropical Storm Debby declaration for Individual Assistance (IA). Sarasota County has been added to this list and is now eligible for IA.

IA makes federal and state assistance available to individuals, families and businesses that have experienced uninsured losses from declared natural disasters.

FEMA IA community relations teams will be canvassing Sarasota County beginning on Wednesday, July 18, and working through the weekend. Their mission is to talk to impacted residents and business owners who have reported uninsured losses from Tropical Storm Debby, and assist them with the initial registration process.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in Sarasota County should begin applying for IA by registering online at, or calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-467-7585 (TTY) from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. seven days a week.

To apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), an application must be made by Aug. 16 to be eligible.

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 or visit the link below.