JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Emergency assistance for families affected by Hurricane Ian is on the way.

The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — also known as D-SNAP — will provide food assistance to Floridians in select counties, sister station News4JAX WKMG-TV reported Saturday.

The program is divided into three phases with new phases added every week, starting Monday.

To obtain the “emergency food stamp”, families must register in advance either online or by telephone.

Once pre-registration is complete, you will be called for a telephone interview with a date based on the first letter of your last name.

Individuals who are already receiving SNAP benefits are not eligible for D-SNAP. To qualify, you must live in a county declared disaster at the time of Hurricane Ian, have suffered a disaster-related loss such as property damage or loss of food, and be able to meet the financial eligibility criteria.

A few local counties are in the approved area for this program, such as Flagler, St. Johns, and Putnam counties.

Flagler and St. Johns are in Phase 2 with pre-registration beginning Oct. 17 and ending Oct. 23.

Phase three includes Putnam County, with registration opening in two weeks, October 24-30.

People living in these counties can also apply for other federal aid online.

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