FEMA Assistance Teams Arriving to Assist People with Disabilities!

FEMA Assistance Teams have been scheduled next week to assist people with disabilities file an initial FEMA claim, follow up with submitted claims, and to answer your questions.  An interpreter will be available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The schedule is:

Tuesday, October 3, 2017:            10:30am-3pm    Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Rd., Holiday, FL  34690

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017:   10:30am-3pm    Disability Achievement Center, 12552 Belcher Rd S, Largo, FL  33773

Thursday, October 5th, 2017:       10:30am-3pm    Land O Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Pkwy, Land O Lakes, FL  34639

If you have not applied, please bring the following information:


  • Disaster Survivor Information Checklist

    Before you start your application, please have the information below and a pen and paper ready.

    Social Security Number

    You, another adult member or minor child in your household must have a Social Security number. You or they must also be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

    If you don’t have a Social Security number, read the article How do I apply for a new or replacement Social Security number card. You will get instructions on what to do and what documents you will need.

    Once you have your number, you may come back to DisasterAssistance.gov or call FEMA at one of the phone numbers above to apply.

    Insurance Information

    Describe the type(s) of insurance coverage you have. This could include coverage under policies like homeowners, flood, automobile, or mobile home insurance.

    Damage Information

    Describe the damage caused by the disaster. Include the type of disaster (like flood, hurricane, or earthquake) and the type of dwelling or vehicle (like a condo, mobile home or house, or a car or truck).

    Financial Information

    Provide your total annual household income, before taxes, at the time of the disaster.

    Contact Information

    Provide the address and phone number of the property where the damage occurred and the address and phone number of where we can reach you now.

    Direct Deposit Information (optional)

    If approved, we can deposit your funds directly into your bank account. You just need to provide the following banking information:

    • Bank name
    • Type of account (like checking or savings)
    • Routing number
    • Account number




DAC Receives Food Delivery to Assist People with Disabilities Recover from Hurricane Irma Losses

Disability Achievement Center has been responding to the needs of people with disabilities in Pinellas and Pasco Counties who suffered losses due to Hurricane Irma.  Generous donations from the community have enabled Disability Achievement Center to assist over 100 people since the storm passed two weeks ago, and the calls keep coming.  Extended power outages caused most people to lose everything under refrigeration.  Replacing items is no easy task when living on a fixed income.  This delivery will enable us to serve more people in need.

St. Petersburg Debris Removal Site

St. Petersburg, Fla. (September 26, 2017) – Storm debris pickup is underway in St. Pete and residents can now find an approximate schedule online at StPeteRecovers.com.  The schedule will be updated once daily.

The process will take several weeks. Residents who wish to have their debris disposed of prior to their curbside pickup date can bring their debris to one of the City’s five brush sites. Locations and hours can be found at stpete.org/brushsites. Additionally, residents may also place small amounts of brush and debris into the black solid waste containers.

After completing a first pickup pass, city crews will complete a second pass. If debris is not completely picked up or improperly organized the first time around, residents will have another opportunity to have debris picked up.

For more information on storm recovery, visit StPeteRecovers.com.

Disability Achievement Center Receives Grant to Help Seniors in Pinellas!

We are grateful to be awarded a grant to help senior citizens with disabilities in Pinellas County to remain independent in their homes.  We improve independence by providing durable medical equipment (and repairs to that equipment), as well as make minor home modifications that remove barriers to accessibility.  Thank you Senior Citizens Services, Inc. for your generosity!

UF/IFAS Pasco Co. Extension Offers Free Well Water Testing

UF/IFAS Pasco Co. Extension Offers Free Well Water Testing
Test kits are first-come, first-serve; limited supply available Thurs/Fri.
The UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service is offering free, private well water testing kits for owners whose wells flooded due to Hurricane Irma. The water sampling test kits are available
Thursday, September 28, 2017 and Friday, September 29, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Office, located at 36702 State Road 52 in Dade City, Florida.
“Following a flood event, residents should assume their well water is contaminated until tested,”  said
Diane Boellstorff, water resource specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.  “You should not use water from a flooded well for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing your teeth or even bathing until you are satisfied it is not contaminated.”
Kits are first-come, first-serve, and only sixty (60) kits are available.  Instructions are included with the kits.  The Pasco Extension Office will collect the water samples on Tuesday, October 3, from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Kits received after that date will not be accepted for testing, as they have to be shipped to Virginia Tech within a specific time frame for accurate testing.  Virginia Tech will analyze the samples for coliform bacteria.  Water quality results will be confidential and will be emailed or mailed to residents’ homes.  The Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service assists Pasco County residents by developing
and delivering practical, educational programs in environmental horticulture; sustainable agriculture; 4-H and youth development; and family and consumer sciences. For more information, including volunteer opportunities, visit our website: http://bit.ly/2iB6040 or call us at 352.518.0156.


Has Your Assistive Technology Been Damaged or Destroyed By the Hurricane?

Message from Michael Daniels

FAAST Executive Director

I want everyone in Florida to know FAAST is willing to work with any individual, state agency, or community organization, to replace or repair damaged or destroyed assistive technology or durable medical equipment.

Here are the different ways to get in contact with FAAST:

  1. Use our toll-free number: 1-844-FL-FAAST (353-2278).
  2. Use the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IrmaRelief
  3. Use our TTY number: 1-877-506-2723.
  4. Use the special email we set-up for this relief project: irma@faastinc.org.

FAAST is receiving donations and will be posting the donations on the FAAST AT List.  The FAAST AT List can be viewed via this link: http://www.classifieds.faast.org/.  Again, if you cannot visit this website, please call or TTY us.

FAAST is working with many different national and state partners to fill these equipment needs.

Michael J. Daniels

Executive Director
3333 W Pensacola Street
Building 100 Suite 140
Tallahassee, FL 32304
Phone: 850-487-3278 Ext. 102
Mobile: 850-766-3732
Fax: 850-575-4216