According to Joy Tsubooka, public information officer of Santa Rosa County, the President has approved the major disaster declaration FEMA-4177-DR for the State of Florida. She said this means residents of Santa Rosa county may now participate in FEMA's Individual Assistance Program designed to coordinate assistance for individuals, households, and businesses recovering from disaster or emergency impacts. 

When a Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance is signed by the President, according to Tsubooka, two primary federal programs offer disaster assistance: