TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- FEMA personnel are on the ground in Nassau, Duval, St. Johns and Flagler counties today to pinpoint damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.

The PDA teams visit and inspect damaged areas and document their findings. However, they do not visit every home or business. The teams look at concentration of damage, number of primary residences affected, damage to public infrastructure and the amount of insurance coverage, and then provide this information to the state. However, the PDA process does not guarantee federal assistance.

The major disaster declaration of Oct. 8 makes federal Public Assistance aid available for emergency protective measures and debris removal (categories A and B) in Brevard, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Nassau, St. Johns, St. Lucie and Volusia counties. The governor’s request for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance categories C-G is still under consideration while damage assessments are underway.

Damage assessment results from each county will be a factor used to determine the county’s eligibility for Individual Assistance. If a county is declared eligible for further assistance, individuals and households in the declared county may apply for that assistance.

Florida residents and businesses don’t have to wait to find out if federal assistance is available to start their clean up. Keep repair receipts and document your damages whenever possible. Notify your insurance agent of any damages sustained to your property. You can also contact your local emergency management agency to report damage.