FEMA Again Extends Deadline for Hurricane Aid

Hallam, Nebraska

The Federal Emergency Management Agency again has extended the deadline for hurricane victims in Florida to apply for assistance.

The new deadline is February 28, a two-month extension.

FEMA spokesman Jack Heesch says the agency was still getting 1,500 new registrations daily as of last week, which prompted the extension.

The agency earlier had set a November 15 deadline and then extended it to December 31.

Floridians can call 1-800-621-3362 to apply or register online at www.fema.gov.

Heesch says people unsure if they qualify for FEMA aid should register anyway. He points out that residents with seemingly minor water damage sometimes later discover that their homes have mold or structural problems.

More than 140,000 Floridians have registered for FEMA assistance so far.