North Central Florida is currently in recovery mode after Hurricane Irma, and FEMA has granted Alachua County individual assistance. Alachua County Emergency Management organized the first FEMA session for residents in Gainesville on Friday, and more than 100 individuals signed up to speak to a FEMA representative in attempt to get assistance.
Nathaniel Williams, a Gainesville resident seeking aid from FEMA, had his car damaged from a fallen tree and his family suffered some medical expenses.
“I had to go to the hospital in response to the hurricane because I had some chest issues and I have asthma and stuff. Also I got a five-year-old son and he have asthma also. And we had to go to Shands,” Williams said.
FEMA representatives may be back in Gainesville later, perhaps in another part of town, but those plans are not certain yet. On Monday FEMA representatives help local communities in Clay and Gilchrist counties.