(WWSB/RNN) - The real challenge after a hurricane like Irma is faced long after the storm has passed.
Rebuilding wind-torn, flooded communities can take months or even years, and sometimes they never look quite the same.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides disaster relief to help ease the process.
Residents can enter their address on DisasterAssistance.Gov to find out if they qualify for assistance. They can also call 1-800-621-3362.
FEMA will likely open one or more local recovery centers in Florida, where residents without phone or internet can apply for assistance in person. The agency recommends people use the online application if possible because lines could be long and slow at a local recovery center.
Residents can use the FEMA website to find a local recovery center.
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