FEMA and Other Federal Assistance
Residents impacted by Hurricane Irma may register for FEMA assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, through the FEMA mobile application or by calling 1-800-621-3362 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.
Applicants will need the following to apply:
- Social Security Number
- Daytime telephone number
- Current mailing address, address and Zip Code of the damaged property, and private insurance information, if available.
FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers remain open daily. At these sites, FEMA can register residents for assistance and check on the status of applications for assistance. The Small Business Administration is also present, offering information and assistance on their disaster loan programs available to individuals and businesses.
- Miami Dade College's Kendall Campus, Building K, 11101 SW 104 Street, Miami
Hours of operation
- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday through Saturday
- Closed on Sunday
Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan
SBA Disaster Assistance for businesses and residents expands to more Florida Counties. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website.
The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is working with state and federal officials as emergency assessments are completed for Disaster SNAP (also known as Food for Florida).
- You must have lived or worked in Miami-Dade County on Sept. 5
- You must not be receiving food assistance through the regular Food Assistance Program
- Individuals and families must have suffered a disaster-related loss, such as damage to their home or self-employment property, loss of food, reduction or loss of income or other disaster-related expenses.
Nursing homes and Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs)
Read the notice regarding inquiries from nursing homes and ALFs for funding for the emergency power requirements set forth by Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Assistance for Veterans
Veterans impacted by Irma may be eligible for federal relief including rental assistance, relocation assistance and food vouchers. For more information, call Support Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) providers. This includes homeless vets, those doubled up and those with damage to property, loss of food and/or belongings.
- The Advocate Program: 786-227-5842 (Miami-Dade and Monroe).
- Carrfour's Operation Sacred Trust: 855-778-3411 (Miami-Dade and Broward).
Miami-Dade Parks has resumed normal operations at most parks. Call the individual park for more details as well as for updated information on event cancellations.
- Amelia Earhart Park's disc golf course is partially open. Three to five miles of bike trails are open, as is half of the dog park.
- Chapman Field Park's dog park is the only area open at this location.
- Homestead Bayfront Park's La Playa Grill and Matheson Hammock Park's Red Fish Grill remain closed.
Athletic fields at most community parks are open for play. Work continues at larger regional parks. Call the park prior to your visit or 305-755-7910 for more information.
Permitting and Inspections
To schedule an inspection or to check the status of your previously scheduled inspection, please check our routes and results page.
Read important information about replacing a downed fence and repairing or replacing your swimming pool barrier:
- For single-family homeowners, Miami-Dade County permits are waived for the repair or replacements of existing fences caused by Hurricane Irma. Read the notice about fences.
- Read the notice about swimming pool barriers
- Read the notice about repairing damage to roofs
Provisions are in place for property owners to quickly obtain emergency authorization to begin repair and reconstruction of coastal property damage. Read the notice.
Watch out for unlicensed contractors. Here are some tips about hiring a contractor.
Process for restoring electric power after damage to service entrance
The County is aware of the volume of customers that are without power through reports of power outages and use of their digital meters. If FPL is not able to reconnect your home or business due to damage to your service mast or meter can, you will be asked to hire a licensed electrical contractor to first make repairs.
The contractor must be State or locally certified, and shall file for an electrical permit before or immediately after the work is complete. The contractor can notify FPL directly when the work is complete so that the power can be re-connected. Contractor licensing information is available on our website.
Hurricane debris collection continues. These post-hurricane debris pickups do not count against residents' available bulky waste pickups.
Bulky waste pickup scheduling resumed on Monday, Nov. 27. Due to the anticipated high volume of calls, residents may want to consider scheduling service online or requesting a pickup by downloading the 311Direct mobile application.
Community Action and Human Services
Extended hours at Community Resource Centers
In response to Hurricane Irma, a number of Miami-Dade County Community Resource Centers will observe extended hours.
Available services at the centers include: emergency food and shelter assistance, Disaster Unemployment Assistance and job placement, utility payment assistance, various commodities, assistance with federal applications (FEMA) and assessment for other non-emergency services, such as early childhood education, elderly and disability services and services for individuals struggling with substance use disorders and addiction.
The following centers will open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18:
- Florida City
- Frankie Shannon Rolle (Coconut Grove)
- Liberty City
- Miami Gardens
The following locations will be open until 7:30 p.m. from Oct. 30 through Nov. 30 on the following days:
- Every Monday at the Coconut Grove, Edison/Littler River and Florida City centers
- Every Wednesday at the Culmer, Hialeah and Perrine centers
- Every Thursday at the Miami Gardens, Naranja and Wynwood centers
All centers will close Nov. 23-24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Adult and Senior Centers
The Homestead Adult Day Care Center remains closed until further notice.Weather-Related Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Weather-Related Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides eligible households with a maximum of $1,000 in emergency energy-related benefits for expenses incurred as a result of the storm.
Residents must provide proof that the current crisis situation is directly related to Hurricane Irma. Household income must be at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines.
For more information or to apply, visit or call a Community Resource Center.
The Homestead Community Spay/Neuter Clinic is closed until further notice.
Kitten Cuddler training held on Saturdays at 1 p.m. is postponed until further notice. For information on our Kitten Cuddler program, please email email@example.com.
News and Events
Scheduling a bulky waste pickup, which was temporarily suspended due to Hurricane Irma debris pickup, is once again available.
Use the new Hurricane Irma Debris Removal Viewer to see where we are in the debris removal process in your area.
There are steps that you can follow to help you to identify if you are eligible to appeal FEMA’s decision and have them revisit your case.
Watch ongoing recovery efforts
311 Contact Center
- Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday: Closed
Remember: 911 is for emergencies only.