University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus

Emergency Preparedness and Response: Help for Students

Financial Resources

FEMA aid

  • Disaster Assistance for individuals who suffered property damage or loss directly caused by hurricanes and who plan to seek disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  
  • FEMA  Registration:
    • Apply online at or using their mobile app (
    • Phone: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
    • TTY 1-800-462-7585 (speech & hearing impaired)

American Red Cross

  • For assistance with relocation or the aftermath of storm damage, including monetary support up $150.

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares

  • For assistance not covered by the American Red Cross Tampa Bay Chapter

Blue Roof Program

  • A FEMA program managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that provides homeowners in disaster areas with blue tarps, installed to provide temporary repairs and make the home livable until permanent repairs can be made.

Immediate Foreclosure Relief, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

  • A 90-day moratorium on foreclosures and forbearance on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages. HUD is also offering longer-term recovery assistance to survivors and impacted communities. For more information, visit HUD’s website.

Ask Around

  • People affected by Irma may receive assistant with their student loans, mortgage, and/or car payments. Some companies are allowing forbearance of 1-3 months of no payment for Irma victims.  This varies from company to company, but worth investigating