After the Storm
Continue to listen to local authorities as you return to your homes - contact numbers for each county's emergency management team can be found at the bottom of this page. Be aware that public works and electrical crews are working to remove debris and restore power.
Due to damage from the storm, FEMA has issued a disaster declaration that authorizes individual assistance to residents in Flagler, Lake St. Johns, and Volusia Counties. You can register for federal disaster assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling toll-free 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
This disaster declaration also permits the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. Call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227 to apply.
If you have questions regarding your insurance policy, you may contact the Florida Department of Financial Services helpline at 1 (877) 693–5236. They are open Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 5PM. Call center staff will be able to help offer guidance and answer questions regarding your policy.
Please be aware of frauds and scams after a major storm event! Ensure that you are dealing with a licensed contractor and be wary of providing personal information. If you would like to report fraud or price-gauging, call the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Consumer Helpline at 1-877-693-5236.
Preparing for a Storm
If you have not already done so, please prepare or review your emergency disaster plan. It is important that your plan takes into account your entire family, including those with special needs and family pets. Tips for making a household emergency plan can be found here.
Prepare a hurricane kit with necessary supplies, such as non-perishable foods, bottled water, and prescription medications. Charge your electronic devices and fuel your vehicle in case you need to evacuate. Due to shortages, only take the necessary amount of fuel that you need to get your family to safety.
Make copies of important and irreplaceable documents and keep them in a waterproof container and/or consider uploading your documents onto an internet drive or “cloud” for easy access after a disaster.
Be aware of how to turn off any utilities. Understand how your heating and cooling systems works in your home and know how to shut off the gas. You can always contact your local utility company with questions.
Heed the warnings of local officials! If you are given a mandatory evacuation order, evacuate without hesitation. If you choose to ignore evacuation orders, first responders may not be able to assist you during the storm and your life could be at risk. Avoid traveling during the storm for your own safety and the safety of emergency personnel.
Please continue to monitor weather updates from official channels.
Our local emergency management authorities are often the best resource for immediate needs in our community. You can find contact information for your county's emergency management team by clicking here.
Once the storm has passed, please listen to instructions from local and state officials and wait for the all clear from authorities to ensure that you can return to your home safely. Be aware of hazards created by strong-winds and flooding, including downed powerlines and areas with standing water. Should the storm require a response from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, response teams will take action once it has been deemed safe to do so.
Florida Help Line: 211
Florida Power and Light: (800) 468-8243
State Volunteer and Donations:(800) 354-3571
American Red Cross: (904) 358-8091
Price Gouging Hotline: (866) 966-7226
St. Johns County
Find additional information at FloridaDisaster.org or Ready.gov.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my offices in the district or Washington, DC. If my offices in the district need to evacuate in case of an emergency, please direct your concerns to my DC office at 202-225-2706.