Now The Rebuilding Begins


We hope you and your family are safe following Hurricane Irma. While the winds and rains have passed, the hard work of putting our lives and communities back together is just beginning.

Many of you worked countless hours leading up to the storm and continue to do so. Your heroic work underscores that AFSCME members never quit on our neighbors and coworkers. This is not just a job, it is a calling, now more than ever.

Part of the rebuilding process is sharing what we went through together, no matter where we were when the storm hit. We invite you to email [email protected] your personal Hurricane Irma story along with any photos and video you want to share.

Let's be clear – AFSCME members are going to be here for our state no matter how long it takes to rebuild. And please know that your AFSCME family around the country are going to be here for you as well.

In the days and weeks ahead we will try and share important information on how to access help and information.

  • To learn more about applying for Federal Disaster Assistance click here.
  • You can also contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the toll-free tele-registration hotline at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
  • Report price gouging to the state hotline: 1-866-9-NO-SCAM
  • Please continue to monitor your local news outlets for information on what is open and closed in your area.
  • FPL is aware of power outages impacting entire neighborhoods. However, to report a dangerous condition such as a downed power line, please call 1-800-468-8243. ​If someone comes to your door saying they are with FPL, do not let them inside. FPL never needs to come into your home to make repairs. If they are on your property, please ask to see their identification.
  • For real-time traffic information, dial 511 on any landline or mobile device physically located in Florida, visit, or download the FL 511 app on your mobile device. ​
  • If you need to consult an insurance expert, call the Florida Department of Financial Services’ insurance helpline at 1-877-693-5236 from 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday or visit ​
  • AFSCME ADVANTAGE / Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to help eligible participants in the AFSCME Advantage/ Union Plus Credit Card, Insurance or Mortgage programs who are facing financial hardship due to the disaster. To apply for a disaster relief grant, AFSCME members who participate in any of the following programs may call the numbers below or visit disaster-relief-grants for information on eligibility.
      • Union Plus Credit Card: 1-800-622-2580 (please have your credit card number available)
      • Union Plus Insurance: 1-800-472-2005
      • Union Plus Mortgage: 1-800-472-2005 

Thank you and please continue to stay safe.