FEMA helps Marion County residents apply for help

By Sarah Panko, Marion County Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 8:38 PM EDT

A FEMA team is in Marion County again. 

On Tuesday, FEMA helped residents apply for the Individual Assistance Program at the Marion County Emergency Operations Center in Ocala. 

  • FEMA helped residents apply for help for the first time 
  • FEMA will be back in Ocala on Wednesday to help

According to a county news release, "Types of assistance available include: Housing assistance, including temporary housing, repairs, replacement, semi-permanent or permanent housing construction.​ The Individual Assistance Program helps citizens financially or with direct services if they are unable to meet those needs through other means.​"

Kachika Colbert was at the EOC Tuesday. She says a tree came crashing onto her apartment building during Hurricane Irma. 

She says the building isn't safe to live in anymore and she has to move out. Cracks caused by the tree can be seen in the hallway ceiling.

"I'm so scared. I'm scared standing here now because it might fall, you never know," said Colbert.

Colbert applied for FEMA assistance and says FEMA will be sending her a check, but she still needs to find a home for herself and her two children.​

A FEMA team was on hand Saturday at the Marion County Public Library where officials say 276 people registered.

In the next week, a Disaster Recovery Center will be set up in the county to further assist citizens who have already registered. Officials say the county was declared for individual assistance on Sept. 13 and citizens have 60 days to apply. 

The team will be at 692 NW 30th Ave. in Ocala on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.​

​A FEMA spokesperson says about 1.5 million people have registered in Florida since Hurricane Irma.