FLORIDA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

FLORIDA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

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This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters . At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind:

Information and Referral Services

The information and referral service in your county will help you find local resources and services that can assist you with housing, food and clothing, healthcare, jobs and training, and other needs.
County Information and Referral Services
Alachua 211 or (866) 288-4312
Baker 211 or (904) 632-0600
Bay (850) 769-2738 or (800) 696-8740 or (877) 211-7005
Bradford 211 or (866) 288-4312
Brevard 211 or (321) 632-6688
Broward 211 or (954) 537-0211
Calhoun (850) 769-2738 or (800) 696-8740 or (877) 211-7005
Charlotte 211 or (941) 205-2161
Citrus 211
Clay 211 or (904) 632-0600
Collier (239) 262-7227 or (800) 329-7227
Columbia 211 or (904) 632-0600
DeSoto 211 or (941) 308-4357
Dixie 211 or (866) 288-4312
Duval 211 or (904) 632-0600
Escambia (850) 595-5905
Flagler 211 or (386) 437-9730 or (877) 253-9010
Franklin 211 or (850) 617-6333 or (877) 211-7005
Gadsden 211 or (850) 617-6333 or (877) 211-7005
Gilchrist 211 or (866) 288-4312
Glades 211 or (863) 675-8383
Gulf (850) 769-2738 or (800) 696-8740 or (877) 211-7005
Hamilton 211 or (850) 769-2738 or (904) 632-0600 or (866) 318-0211
Hardee 211 or (863) 648-1515
Hendry 211 or (239) 433-3900
Hernando 211
Highlands 211 or (863) 648-1515
Hillsborough 211 or (813) 234-1234
Holmes (850) 769-2738 or (800) 696-8740 or (877) 211-7005
Indian River 211 or (561) 383-1111
Jackson (850) 769-2738 or (877) 211-7005 or (800) 696-8740
Jefferson 211 or (850) 617-6333 or (877) 211-7005
Lafayette 211 or (866) 288-4312
Lake (352) 728-8700
Lee 211 or (239) 433-3900
Leon 211 or (850) 617-6333 or (877) 211-7005
Levy 211 or (866) 288-4312
Liberty 211 or (850) 617-6333 or (877) 211-7005
Madison 211 or (850) 617-6333 or (877) 211-7005
Manatee 211 or (941) 366-5025
Marion 211 or (877) 215-4495
Martin 211 or (561) 383-1111
Miami-Dade 211 or (305) 358-4357
Monroe (305) 292-8445 or (800) 273-4558
Nassau 211 or (904) 632-0600 or (866) 318-0211
Okaloosa (850) 243-9111
Okeechobee 211 or (561) 383-1111
Orange 211 or (407) 849-2356 or (407) 839-4357
Osceola 211 or (407) 849-2356 or (407) 839-4357
Palm Beach 211 or (561) 383-1111
Pasco 211 or (877) 828-8929 or (727) 842-8605
Pinellas 211 or (727) 210-4211
Polk 211 or (863) 648-1515
Putnam 211 or (866) 318-0211
Santa Rosa (850) 983-7200
Sarasota 211 or (941) 366-5025
Seminole 211 or (407) 849-2356 or (407) 839-4357
St. Johns 211 or (904) 829-9721 or (904) 632-0600
St. Lucie 211 or (561) 383-1111
Suwannee 211 or (850) 769-2738 or (904) 632-0600 or (866) 318-0211
Sumter (352) 728-8700
Taylor 211 or (850) 617-6333 or (877) 211-7005
Union 211 or (866) 288-4312
Volusia 211 or (386) 253-0564 or (877) 253-9010
Wakulla 211 or (850) 617-6333 or (877) 211-7005
Walton (850) 243-9111
Washington (850) 769-2738 or (877) 211-7005

(Updated 06-07-17)
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09-25-17 Hillsborough County‏
Verified account
 @HillsboroughFL 6h
6 hours ago

The @FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at The Regent has new extended hours. For more info on #Irma recovery, visit http://bit.ly/HCRecovery . pic.twitter.com/hQCLisAujh

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09-19-17 FLORIDA

Frequently Asked Questions about Operation Blue Roof
Release date: 
September 17, 2017
Release Number: 
R4 DR-4337-FL FS 001
Q: What is Operation Blue Roof?
A: Operation Blue Roof is a program offered by FEMA through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to eligible homeowners and landlords. It provides a temporary covering of blue plastic sheeting to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. The blue plastic sheeting is installed using strips of wood that are secured to the roof with nails or screws. The homeowner/landlord must legally agree to allow the Corps contractors access to the property by signing a Right of Entry (ROE) form.
Q: What is a Right of Entry?
A: The Right of Entry (ROE) is a legal requirement that allows Corps workers to access your property and assess damage to your home.  The ROE also allows contracted crews to work on your roof.
Q: How does a homeowner, landlord or renter get a Blue Roof?
A: Call 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258) or visit the Jacksonville District website at www.saj.usace.army.mil/BlueRoof to find a location where Right of Entry (ROE) forms are being collected.
Q: Who can get a Blue Roof?
A: Only applicants in primary residences with standard shingled roofs are eligible to receive a temporary blue roof. Metal roofs and mobile homes may be repaired as practical on a case by case basis. Roofs with greater than 50 percent structural damage are not eligible for this program.
Q: How long until a roof is repaired?
A: The Corps is covering roofs in the hardest hit counties first. The Corps will respond to every person who has completed a ROE as rapidly as possible. Every property that has a signed ROE will be visited.
Q. If a home is being rented, can a tenant sign a right of entry form?
A: Yes the tenant may sign the form, but must have a letter from the landlord stating that the tenant has permission to sign for the landlord.
Q.  Will the work be charged to my insurance?
A: There is no charge to the homeowner or landlord. However, you should contact your insurance company. They may want to document the damage and assist with permanent repairs.
Q:  How long will a Blue Roof last?
A:  The plastic is a reinforced, water-proof material that is designed to last 30 days.  We recommend homeowners make arrangements for permanent roof repairs within 30 days if possible.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan.
However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

Last Updated: 
September 18, 2017 – 13:28
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Apply for Operation Blue Roof at Two New Locations
Release date: 
September 18, 2017
Release Number: 
R4 DR-4337-FL NR 013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Eligible homeowners who sustained roof damage from Hurricane Irma now have two additional locations where they can apply for Operation Blue Roof and complete the Right of Entry (ROE) form that allows government employees and contractors onto their property to assess damage and install a temporary covering.
New ROE collection centers have opened at:
Miami-Dade County:
Lowe’s Home Improvement
1850 NE 8th St., Homestead, FL
Hillsborough County:
Seffner-Mano Branch Library
410 N. Kingsway Rd., Seffner, FL
Additional ROE collection centers are located at:
Collier County
2800 North Horseshoe Dr.
Naples, FL 34104
The Growth Center
310 Alachua St.
Immokalee, FL 34142
Lee County
Lowe’s Home Improvement
8040 Dani Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33966
Pinellas County
12629 Ulmerton Rd.
Largo, FL 33774
Sarasota County
Bee Ridge Park
4430 South Lockwood Ridge Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34231
All centers are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.
Operation Blue Roof, which assists eligible homeowners with temporary roof repairs, is a program the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tasks the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Jacksonville District, to implement.
This program is available at no cost to eligible primary homeowners in Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota counties. Other counties may be added later.
Only primary residences with standard shingled roofs are eligible to receive a temporary blue roof. Metal roofs and mobile homes may be repaired as practical on a case-by-case basis. Roofs with greater than 50 percent structural damage are not eligible for this program.
For rental property, legal permission for a blue roof to be installed must be obtained from the property owner. Renters also must get legal permission from their landlord to continue occupying the residence until more permanent repairs are made.
USACE installed the first temporary roof for the Operation Blue Roof program on Sept. 16 in Collier County.
Information about Operation Blue Roof is available on the Jacksonville District website at www.saj.usace.army.mil/BlueRoof, and in English and Spanish at 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258).

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
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Last Updated: 
September 18, 2017 – 13:35
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Operation Blue Roof Program Available in Some Florida Counties
Release date: 
September 16, 2017
Release Number: 
R4 DR-4337-FL NR 011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) installed the first temporary roof for the Operation Blue Roof program Saturday in Collier County.
“The first temporary roof installation is a significant milestone for people impacted by Hurricane Irma,” said Col. Jason Kirk, district commander. “The blue covers are a tangible sign to the community that ensuring their safety, security, and peace of mind is our top priority.”
Operation Blue Roof provides a temporary covering of blue plastic sheeting to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. The blue plastic sheeting is installed using strips of wood that are secured to the roof with nails or screws.
This program is available at no cost to eligible primary homeowners in Broward, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota counties. Other counties may be added at a later date.
Only primary residences with standard shingled roofs are eligible to receive a temporary blue roof. Metal roofs and mobile homes may be repaired as practical on a case by case basis. Roofs with greater than 50 percent structural damage are not eligible for this program.
For rental property, legal permission for a blue roof to be installed must be obtained from the property owner. Renters must also obtain legal permission from their landlord to continue occupying the residence until more permanent repairs are made.
Homeowners must sign a Right of Entry (ROE) form to allow government employees and contractors onto their property to assess damage and install the temporary covering.  ROE collection centers will be set up by Corps teams in convenient neighborhood locations. Updated information about collection center locations in each county will be distributed daily.
Right of Entry collection centers are located at:
COLLIER COUNTY
2800 North Horseshoe Dr.
Naples, FL 34104
The Growth Center
310 Alachua St.
Immokalee, FL 34142
LEE COUNTY
Lowe’s Home Improvement
8040 Dani Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33966
PINELLAS COUNTY
12629 Ulmerton Rd.,
Largo, FL 33774
SARASOTA COUNTY
Bee Ridge Park
4430 South Lockwood Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34231
Collection centers are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional locations may be added as necessary.
Current information is available on the Jacksonville District web site at www.saj.usace.army.mil/BlueRoof  and at 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258). Information is provided in both English and Spanish through this single number.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan.
However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
Last Updated: 
September 17, 2017 – 09:48
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Two Additional Florida Counties Designated for Individual Assistance
Release date: 
September 16, 2017
Release Number: 
DR-4337-FL NR 010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Dixie and Lafayette counties may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma. Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, and St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, and Volusia counties were previously designated for Individual Assistance, bringing the total to 48 counties.
To be eligible for federal aid under FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program, storm damage and losses from the hurricane and flooding must have occurred as a result of Hurricane Irma, beginning Sept. 4.
Register with FEMA as soon as possible. If you preregistered with FEMA, you do not have to apply again. If you have phone and/or internet access, you may register:
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or
On the FEMA Mobile App, or by
Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.
The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week.
Multilingual operators are available.  Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.
Don’t be discouraged if you do not have access to telephone or internet service. Disaster survivor assistance specialists will soon be in local communities helping people register for assistance.
Assistance for eligible survivors can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs.
Long-term, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
Contact your insurance company to file an insurance claim. FEMA does not duplicate insurance payments. However, you may still receive help after your insurance claims have been settled.
Sept. 10: Florida received a federal major disaster declaration for Individual Assistance for Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. All 67 Florida counties were designated for the Public Assistance Program (Categories A-G), including direct federal assistance.
Sept. 11: Broward, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Palm Beach, Putnam, and St. Johns counties were designated for Individual Assistance.
Sept. 13: Brevard, Citrus, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Polk, St. Lucie,  Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties were designated for Individual Assistance.
Sept. 14: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Nassau, Suwannee and Union counties were designated for Individual Assistance.
Sept.16: Dixie and Lafayette counties were designated for Individual Assistance.
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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

Last Updated: 
September 16, 2017 – 18:21
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Hurricane Debris Pick-Up a Priority for Florida Recovery
Release date: 
September 16, 2017
Release Number: 
R4 DR-4337-FL NR 009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As Floridians begin the cleanup process after Hurricane Irma, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges everyone to know the best way to remove debris from their property.
Don’t wait to clean up storm damage. Document damage with photos or videos.
Take care when cleaning up. Dangling power lines, flooding and other hazards remain. If trees and other debris have fallen on your private property, be sure to check with your insurance agent to determine if tree damage is covered by your policy. As you clean up, be sure to keep in mind the following information:
Due to the magnitude of recent disaster events, residents can move debris from their private property to public rights-of-way for pick up and removal by local governments for a limited time. Debris removal from private property is generally the responsibility of the property owner, just as before the hurricane.
Follow guidance from your local officials when placing debris for collection. Separate debris into six categories when disposing along the curb:
Electronics, such as televisions, computers or phones;
Large appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves or dishwashers.  Be sure to seal or secure the doors so that they are not accessible;
Hazardous waste, such as oil, batteries, pesticides, paint or cleaning supplies. If you suspect that materials contain lead-based paint, keep them moist or contain materials in plastic bags so that the paint does not become airborne;
Vegetative debris, such as tree branches, leaves or plants;
Construction debris, such as drywall, lumber, carpet or furniture; and
Household garbage, discarded food, paper or packaging.
Place debris away from trees, poles or structures including fire hydrants and meters.
Remove all water-damaged materials from your home and place curbside for pickup.
Debris should not block the roadway.
Hurricane Irma left behind fallen trees, limbs and trash from damaged buildings on private and public property. Workers have begun picking up the tons of debris dumped on streets, highways, curbsides and from private yards. Federal and state aid will help pay for removing debris from public property.
For more Hurricane Irma recovery information, visit www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma.
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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

Last Updated: 
September 16, 2017 – 17:16
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What to Expect When You Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance
Release date: 
September 16, 2017
Release Number: 
R4 DR-4337-FL NR 008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – If you live in one of the disaster-designated Florida counties and experienced property damage or loss directly caused by Hurricane Irma, register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance – even if you have insurance. This can be an important step to begin the process of recovery.
You may register for assistance the following ways:
At www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
If you don’t have Internet access, you can call 800-621-3362.
People who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 800-462-7585.
For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
These toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (EST) seven days a week until further notice.
FEMA assistance for individuals may include grants for rent, temporary housing and home repairs to their primary residences, as well as funding for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical, dental or funeral costs. If you have insurance, FEMA may still be able to assist with disaster-related expenses that were underinsured or not covered by your policy.
After you apply, a FEMA inspector will contact you to schedule an inspection. The inspection generally takes 30-40 minutes or less and consists of a general verification of your disaster-related losses and a review of ownership or residence records. There is no fee for the inspection.
When a FEMA housing inspector comes to visit your home, be sure they show you proper identification. All FEMA inspectors have prominent photo identification badges. If you suspect someone is posing as a FEMA housing inspector, call our toll-free Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721, or call local law enforcement officials.
Once the inspection process is complete, your situation will be reviewed by FEMA. You will receive a letter by email or physical mail, depending on your preference, which outlines the decision about your claim. For more information about the inspection process, and documentation you will need to provide the inspector, visit the FEMA Individual Assistance Inspection Process page.
Know that you may receive a visit from more than one inspector throughout the recovery process. In addition to FEMA housing inspectors, representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration, state and local officials and inspectors for private insurance coverage also visit neighborhoods in affected areas.
For more recovery information visit FEMA’s Hurricane Irma web page at www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma.

A graphic with info on what to expect after you apply for assistance. The full version can be found here: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/images/136415.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

Last Updated: 
September 16, 2017 – 15:46
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SCG Emergency Svcs‏ @scgovEOC 18m
18 minutes ago

#FEMA teams are out in local FL communities to help residents register for disaster assistance after #Irma. Here’s some safety tips: pic.twitter.com/oIs0sL21jp

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09-16-17 FLORIDA

Florida SERT‏
Verified account
 @FLSERT 42m
42 minutes ago

To search for open shelters: text SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362

#FLResponds

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09-16-17 FLORIDA PASCO COUNTY

Pasco County EM‏ @Pasco_FL_OEM 46m
46 minutes ago

ROAD CLOSURE: To get the latest on road closures check our interactive map: http://ow.ly/wUm330fbpzi  pic.twitter.com/LRxfOS8V0z

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09-16-17

Hurricane Victims Get Tax Relief from the IRS The IRS has just announced that victims of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey can get loans and hardship distributions from their 401(k) and other similar employer-sponsored retirement programs. The IRS is also relaxing procedural and administrative rules that normally apply to retirement plan loans and hardship distributions. Hardship withdrawals must be made by January 31, 2018.

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-in-disaster-situations?utm_c

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09-16-17 SCG Emergency Svcs‏ @scgovEOC 2m
2 minutes ago

Due to standing water from #Irma, Sarasota County residents and visitors are encourage to protect themselves against mosquito-borne diseases pic.twitter.com/w2bbIllBvp

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09-16-17 FLORIDA BREVARD COUNTY

Brevard EOC‏
Verified account
 @BrevardEOC 24m
24 minutes ago

9/16/17 | Check out @flaspacecoast list of hotels accepting @fema vouchers. http://ow.ly/lnpb30fcSWh

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in St. Johns County for Florida Survivors
Release date: 
September 15, 2017
Release Number: 
R4 DR-4337-FL NR 007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Saturday, Sept. 16, in St. Johns County to help Florida storm survivors. The center will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice.
The center is at the following address:
UF Wind Mitigation “Hurricane House”
3111 Agricultural Center Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32092
 
As more centers open, survivors may locate one near them at fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. That information is also available on the FEMA mobile app. Survivors may register at any open DRC, even out of state.
To speed recovery, survivors are urged to register before visiting a DRC. To register, go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages and phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST seven days a week until further notice.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), volunteer groups and other agencies are at the centers to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.
Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) crews are canvassing many affected areas and are able to register people for FEMA assistance if needed. When residents require further assistance, the teams may refer them to a disaster recovery center.
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids. Each disaster recovery center has assistive technologies for people with disabilities.
Low-interest disaster loans from the SBA are available for businesses of all sizes, nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. Disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or grants.
For more information, applicants may contact the SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov or by visiting the SBA’s website at sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.
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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

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September 15, 2017 – 18:37
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09-15-17

FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program Enhances the Flood Claims Process and Extends Grace Period for Policy Renewals
Release date: 
September 15, 2017
Release Number: 
HQ-17-118
WASHINGTON—To support the ongoing disaster recovery, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is enhancing the flood insurance claims process, and extending the grace period for paying policy renewal premiums for insured survivors affected by Hurricane Irma.
Due to the wide-spread catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Irma, FEMA implemented temporary changes to rush recovery money into the hands of NFIP policyholders, for repair and replacement of flood-damaged properties. FEMA also wants to ensure continuous flood insurance coverage for current NFIP policyholders affected by this storm, even if the renewed policy premium cannot be paid at this time. FEMA is directing all NFIP private insurance partners to:
Provide advance payments on flood claims, even before visits by an adjuster;
Increase the advance payment allowable for policyholders who provide photographs or video depicting flood  damage and expenses, or a contractor’s itemized estimate;
Waive use of the initial Proof of Loss (POL) form; and
Extend the grace period for payment of NFIP flood insurance policy renewal premiums to 120 days. This waiver applies to all NFIP policies, whether issued by the NFIP Servicing Agent or a Write Your Own Company, written for properties in areas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and counties in Florida that have received a Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance (IA) under the Stafford Act.
Advance Payments
The NFIP is making it easier for policyholders to receive an advance payment for their flood claim to help them begin the process of recovery as quickly as possible. After filing a flood insurance claim, the policyholder can discuss advance payment with the insurer:
When a policyholder contacts his/her insurer and verifies his/her identity, he/she can receive an advance payment for up to $5,000 on a flood claim without an adjuster visit or additional documentation.  When the advance payment is issued, a letter is sent to the policyholder which explains that by accepting this payment the policyholder is certifying the damage.
Up to $20,000 may be advanced to a policyholder who provides photos and/or videos depicting damage, and receipts validating out-of-pocket expenses related to flood loss or a contractor’s itemized estimate. Policyholders with significant damage who have a contractor’s itemized estimate may be eligible for a larger advance payment and should discuss this with the adjuster.
Advance payments are deducted from a policyholder’s final claim settlement amount. Advance payments may only be used according to the terms of the policy. For example, if a policyholder has a building/structure flood insurance policy, the advance payment must be used to repair or rebuild the structure. Or if a policyholder has contents coverage, the advance payment must be used to repair or replace contents that were within the structure. Advance payments may not be used for temporary housing and living expenses.
If a policyholder’s property is mortgaged, the lender will also be named on the advance payment issued for a building/structure flood insurance policy. In this case, the policyholder and lender will both be required to sign the advance payment check. 
Proof of Loss Waiver
To expedite processing of NFIP claims for Hurricane Irma, the NFIP is waiving the requirement for a policyholder to submit an initial Proof of Loss (POL) document. Here’s how the expedited process will work:
After a policyholder files a claim, a time is set up for the adjuster to inspect the flood damaged property. The adjuster will document the damage and submit a report to the policyholder’s insurance company.
If additional damage is discovered or a policyholder does not agree with the payment amount, a policyholder can seek additional payment if the policy’s coverage limits have not been met. A POL will be required to seek a supplemental payment on the claim. If payment is issued based upon the adjuster’s initial report and an additional proof of loss is not submitted by the policyholder, the insurer will close the file.
If a policyholder decides to request an additional payment, which must be done by completing a POL, the policyholder will have one year from the date of filing the initial claim to submit the request to the insurance company. FEMA has informed all of its NFIP insurance partners about this process and how it will work.  NFIP policyholders are encouraged to work closely with an adjuster on this expedited process.
Grace Period Extension for Policy Renewals
To ensure that policyholders affected by Hurricane Irma can focus on recovery and continue to have flood insurance coverage, FEMA is extending the current 30-day grace period of continual flood insurance coverage to 120 days, for policies in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, that were set for renewal during the immediate response to Hurricane Irma.
Policies with an expiration date of August 7, 2017, through October 6, 2017, are eligible for the grace period extension.  Payment for those policies must be received within 120 days of the policy expiration.
The NFIP cannot pay a claim for a flood loss that occurs after a policy expiration date unless the policyholder’s insurance company receives the payment in full for renewal on or before the last day of the grace period. 
The grace period extension applies to NFIP policies covering properties in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Florida counties designated under the Presidential Disaster Declaration. NFIP policyholders are encouraged to contact their insurance company and report a flood claim as soon as possible.  For any policy with a renewal date on or after October 7, 2017, the normal 30-day grace period will apply.
 
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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.
Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.
The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

Last Updated: 
September 15, 2017 – 12:06
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Nine Additional Florida Counties Designated for Individual Assistance
Release date: 
September 14, 2017
Release Number: 
R4 DR-4337-FL NR 006
ATLANTA – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Nassau, Suwannee and Union counties may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Irma. Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Clay, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia counties were previously designated for Individual Assistance, bringing the total to 46 counties.
To be eligible for federal aid under FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program, storm damage and losses from the hurricane and flooding must have occurred as a result of Hurricane Irma, beginning Sept. 4.
Register with FEMA as soon as possible. If you preregistered with FEMA, you do not have to apply again. If you have phone and/or internet access, you may register:
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or
On the FEMA Mobile App, or by
Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.
The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week.
Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.
Don’t be discouraged if you do not have access to telephone or internet service. Disaster survivor assistance specialists will soon be in local communities helping people register for assistance.
Assistance for eligible survivors can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs.
Long-term, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
Contact your insurance company to file an insurance claim. FEMA does not duplicate insurance payments. However, you may still receive help after your insurance claims have been settled.
On Sept. 10, Florida received a federal major disaster declaration for Individual Assistance for Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. All 67 Florida counties were designated for the Public Assistance Program (Categories A-G), including direct federal assistance.
On Sept. 11, Broward, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Palm Beach, Putnam, and St. Johns counties were added for Individual Assistance.
On Sept. 13, Brevard, Citrus, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Polk, St. Lucie,  Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties were added for Individual Assistance.
On Sept. 14, Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Nassau, Suwannee and Union counties were added for Individual Assistance.
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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

Last Updated: 
September 14, 2017 – 20:09
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Sheltering and Immediate Assistance Available after Hurricane Irma
Release date: 
September 14, 2017
Release Number: 
HQ-17-116
WASHINGTON – In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, life, personal safety, and access to safe shelter remains a priority of local officials, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the entire federal family.
More than 120 government and Red Cross shelters are currently open across the affected and surrounding areas. Download the FEMA mobile app (available in English and Spanish) for directions to open shelters, to register for assistance, for a customizable checklist of emergency supplies and disaster survival tips, and to register to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The app also enables users to receive push notifications reminding them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters.
While immediate lifesaving and life sustaining operations are the priority for FEMA and our partners, residents and business owners in designated areas who sustained damage due to Hurricane Irma, and are able to do so, should apply for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Insurance is the first line of defense against damage to your home or business after a disaster.  Contact your insurance agent immediately to learn about your insurance policies and their coverage. If survivors also have National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood insurance and suffered damage during the recent floods, they can contact their agent or call 1-800-621-3362 – select option 2 – to learn more about their policy.
Multiple immediate assistance and short-term housing options are available to support survivors in building a bridge to recovery:
FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA). Focused on sheltering as an immediate priority, FEMA is making Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) available to eligible survivors in the state of Florida, who are unable to return to their pre-disaster primary residence because their home is either uninhabitable or inaccessible. TSA provides disaster survivors with a short-term stay in a hotel or motel.
Through direct payments to lodging providers, TSA is intended to reduce the number of disaster survivors in shelters by transitioning survivors into short-term accommodations.
Eligible survivors can find the list of TSA-approved hotels on www.DisasterAssistance.gov, and click on the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) Program – Participating Hotel List link. If internet access is unavailable, the FEMA Helpline (1-800-621-3362) can assist with locating a participating property. Survivors should contact the hotel directly to secure a hotel room prior to traveling to the hotel.
Rental Assistance. Assistance through FEMA’s Individual and Households Program may be available to eligible applicants to secure temporary housing while repairs are being made to the pre-disaster primary residence, or while transitioning to permanent housing while applicant survivor is displaced from their primary residence.
Temporary Blue Roofs. The recent hurricane has left many homeowners with damaged roofs, which can take time to repair. In order to mitigate additional damage that could result from rain, homeowners can have plastic sheeting installed over the damaged area by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Currently the USACE, FEMA, and local officials in disaster designated areas are conducting assessments for this program. Additional information will be available in the coming days on how to access this type of assistance, but the first step is registering with FEMA for federal assistance.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available for Florida residents whose jobs were affected by Hurricane Irma, specifically those who live or work in the counties included in the major disaster declaration. This may include people not normally eligible for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed persons and farm-workers. They can apply for unemployment benefits online at Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity.
Disaster Distress Helpline. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) remains open 24/7 for free help coping with the stress of the storm. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.
Loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) may be available to help repair flood-related damage to your home or business and replace personal property. The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans of up to $200,000 to repair a primary residence, up to $40,000 for homeowners and renters to replace personal property, and up to $2 million to businesses and most private non-profits for physical damage and economic injury needs as a result of the disaster. Survivors need to register with FEMA first to determine their eligibility for any federal assistance that may be available.
Immediate Foreclosure Relief from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) may be available for Florida and Puerto Rico residents in disaster-designated areas. HUD is granting a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures and forbearance on foreclosures of Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured home mortgages. HUD is also offering longer-term recovery assistance to survivors and impacted communities. For more information, visit HUD’s website.
There may be additional forms of immediate assistance available to survivors in declared areas to address critical needs such as water, food, first aid, prescriptions, infant formula, diapers, consumable medical supplies, durable medical equipment, personal hygiene items, and fuel for transportation. When survivors register for assistance they will receive referrals for the programs that may be available to them.
Survivors should register online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov. If they do not have access to the internet, they may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). If they use 711 relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362 directly. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams (DSAT) are on the ground in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Florida to help affected communities during the critical days and weeks ahead. DSATs will address immediate and emerging needs of disaster survivors including: on-site registration, applicant status checks, on-the-spot needs assessments, requests for accommodations for those with disabilities or access and functional needs, and referrals to partners offering additional survivor services.
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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.
 Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.
The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

Last Updated: 
September 14, 2017 – 18:47
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09-14-17 FLORIDA NASSAU COUNTY 1630HRS

PRESS RELEASE : See attached: pic.twitter.com/at1w131UPY

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09-14-17 FLORIDA COLLIER COUNTY

Collier County FL‏ @CollierPIO 18m18 minutes ago

Oxygen-Dependent Patient Resources After Storm @CollierEM

https://www.facebook.com/CollierGov/posts/10155977680889384 …

OXYGEN-DEPENDENT PATIENT RESOURCES AFTER THE STORM

TALLAHASSEE—If you are oxygen-dependent you may need to take additional steps to secure emergency oxygen tanks and equipment while recovering from Hurricane Irma, especially if power has not yet been restored to your residence. Oxygen-dependent residents should:
• Contact your oxygen supplier and request additional tanks. If you’re unable to get the oxygen needed from your local office, and you are dealing with a national provider, call their other offices and request a delivery.
• If your oxygen supply company still cannot provide additional tanks, call the medical provider who wrote the order for the oxygen. This may be your primary care provider. Request a new order to be placed with another company that can provide emergency oxygen.
• If your home is still without power, contact your utility company to make them aware of your oxygen dependency, and they may be able to add your home to a medical priority list. Also, contact family and friends who have power and are willing to assist.
• Local special needs shelters remain open in some counties and may be able to assist. The shelter should not be your primary source for oxygen and is only a temporary solution. For information on local special needs shelters, click here. Bring your own concentrator and a caregiver if you normally need assistance at home.
If you are critically low on oxygen tanks and supplies, go to the hospital or call 911.
About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov

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09-14-17 FLORIDA HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Hillsborough County‏Verified account @HillsboroughFL 27m27 minutes ago

Starting today, we’re teaming up w/ @FeedingTampaBay to help provide food to residents affected by Hurricane Irma. http://bit.ly/HCFoodDistro pic.twitter.com/wmttzka9GV

DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE…

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09-14-17 FLORIDA

If you’re returning home after #HurricaneIrma, be safe while cleaning up your home. Be sure to take photos of the damage & save receipts. pic.twitter.com/HlGlfGz818

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09-14-17 FLORIDA OKEECHOBEE

Point of Distribution (POD) Update

2017-09-14

The established Point of Distribution at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center & Fairgrounds is closing now for resupply overnight. POD will open again tomorrow morning at 9:00AM. They will remain open until supplies are exhausted and then they will close.

This will be your last opportunity to get supplies as the POD will not reopen again.

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09-14-17 FLORIDA Brevard EOC‏Verified account @BrevardEOC 54m54 minutes ago

CORRECTION: Please ensure you separate your #Irma debris from your regular garbage. pic.twitter.com/g9PIxiLCUd

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09-12-17

Over the past few weeks, thousands of workers in Texas and Louisiana have found themselves out of a job due to Hurricane Harvey.

Now, many more thousands of people in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are unemployed or unable to get to work due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.

Though the program is in need of serious reform in many states, some form of Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to most workers who lose their job or cannot get to work due to a natural disaster.

NELP created this fact sheet to help these unemployed workers understand the benefits available through Disaster Unemployment Assistance, as well as how to access the program. A fact sheet NELP published last week also provides information specific to workers impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Please share this information with anyone you know who is affected by either Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Harvey, or who is working in communities impacted by the disaster.

In unity,

National Employment Law Project

FACT SHEET: How-Workers-Access-Disaster-Unemployment-After-Hurricane-Irma

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Florida Residents Impacted by Hurricane Irma May Register for FEMA Assistance
Release date:
September 11, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4337-NR-001

ATLANTA – Survivors with losses due to Hurricane Irma in Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties may now register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to state and federal officials.

Individuals can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.

Applicants will need the following to apply:

Social Security Number;
Daytime telephone number;
Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property; and
Private insurance information, if available.

By registering for federal assistance on www.DisasterAssistance.gov

You can look up your address to find out if it is in a disaster area declared for Individual Assistance.
Check the status of your application and get updates by SMS or email.
Upload documents to support your application.

Another option for individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, is to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.

When an applicant registers, each receives a unique registration number. The registration number is important and should be written down and kept handy. Anyone who does not have a registration number is not yet registered.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

Last Updated:
September 11, 2017 – 18:46
State/Tribal Government or Region:
Florida
Region IV
Related Disaster(s):
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09-11-17 T_E_M_A‏Verified account @T_E_M_A 5m5 minutes ago

Important messages for #HurrcaneIrma evacuees from @FLSERT & #TEMA pic.twitter.com/sVKxDZZzUY

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President Donald J. Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Florida
Release date:
September 10, 2017
Release Number:
HQ-17-106

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma from September 4, 2017, and continuing.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, in all 67 counties in the state. For a period of 30 days from the start of the incident period, assistance for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, is authorized at 100 percent of the total eligible costs.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Justo Hernández has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Hernández said additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of damage assessments.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

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Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.
Related Content:
Federal Aid Programs for the State of Florida

Last Updated:
September 10, 2017 – 18:04
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President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Seminole Tribe of Florida
Release date:
September 9, 2017
Release Number:
HQ-17-098

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the Seminole Tribe of Florida to supplement the tribe’s response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Irma beginning on September 4, 2017 and continuing.

The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe for the Seminole Tribe of Florida and associated lands.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

Justo Hernández has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area. Hernández said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the tribe and warranted by the results of further evaluation.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

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Related Content:
Federal Aid Programs for the Seminole Tribe of Florida

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09-09-17 FLORIDA City of Tallahassee‏Verified account @COTNews 25m25 minutes ago

See here for updated shelter info. #IrmaTLH http://bit.ly/2f8qYEb pic.twitter.com/hpgf5c6MWP

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09-09-17 FLORIDA SARASOTA COUNTY SCG Emergency Svcs‏ @scgovEOC 2h2 hours ago

There’s still capacity at seven Sarasota County shelters #IrmaSRQ pic.twitter.com/1cKd6ZnDXN

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09-09-17 FLORIDA ORANGE COUNTY UPDATE Mayor Teresa Jacobs‏Verified account @Mayor_Jacobs 10m10 minutes ago

Apopka HS & Colonial HS are at capacity. Apopka MS & Conway MS are now open. Visit http://www.ocfl.net/shelters for updates. #IrmaShelters pic.twitter.com/qQuxsWwd7R

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09-09-17 FLORIDA Pinellas County EM‏ @PinellasEM 12m12 minutes ago

Florida Highway Patrol has closed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge due to sustained winds of 40 mph. #PinellasIrma

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09-09-17 FLORIDA Collier County FL‏ @CollierPIO 16m16 minutes ago

First Baptist Church of Naples accepting 100 additional evacuees. Must bring all essentials, no pets. 3000 Orange Blossom Dr, Naples

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09-09-17 FLORIDA FSU STUDENTS

SeminoleSAFE‏Verified account @KeepFSUSafe 2m2 minutes ago

Hurricane Irma: FSU Facility opening Sunday for off-campus students. Go to http://alerts.fsu.edu

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09-09-17 FLORIDA Hillsborough County‏Verified account @HillsboroughFL 2m2 minutes ago

County Opens Additional Irma Evacuation Shelters Sept. 9. Shelters: http://HCFLGov.net/StaySafe . Details, here: http://bit.ly/2wRbfma

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NC Emergency Managem‏Verified account @NCEmergency 2m2 minutes ago

Info for out-of-state #HurricanIrma evacuees near Charlotte #IrmaNC #ncwx #readyNC https://twitter.com/CLTgov/status/906622000906559490 …

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09-09-17 FLORIDA Collier County EM‏ @CollierEM 4m4 minutes ago

Temple Shalom is open to evacuees. Must bring everything you need, no pets. 4630 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples

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09-09-17 FLORIDA Florida SERT‏Verified account @FLSERT 8m8 minutes ago

Use Gas Buddy to find available gas near you! #FLPrepares pic.twitter.com/5pEcA5JrcI

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09-09-17 FLORIDA Pinellas County EM‏ @PinellasEM 11m11 minutes ago

Important evacuation information also interpreted in ASL for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. #PinellasIrma pic.twitter.com/dJSpPyHUqt

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09-09-17 FLORIDA Indian River EOC‏ @IndianRiverEOC 13m13 minutes ago

Mandatory evacuations for Indian River County have NOT been lifted in Indian River County. PLEASE SHARE

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09-08-17 FLORIDA Lee County EM‏ @LCEMFL 2h2 hours ago

Here’s another map showing Zone A mandatory evacuations for Lee County. #HurricaneIrma #staysafe pic.twitter.com/Cu5rAc2rYU

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09-08-17 Here is the list of all open evacuation shelters in #Miami. Please share – pic.twitter.com/7s1hIqlbUg

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09-08-17 FLORIDA Baldwin County EMA‏ @BaldwinEMA 49m49 minutes ago

The Baldwin County Shelter is ready for evacuees. For more information, please call 251-970-4061. #HurricaneIRMA #IRMA pic.twitter.com/4PIxuTXKns

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09-08-17 Florida Health Duval‏ @FLHealthDuval 10m10 minutes ago

It may be hard to find shelter for your pets during a disaster #Tip: Find pet friendly hotels/motels here http://bit.ly/1rClp2L pic.twitter.com/LiEHOwSh4x

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Polk County Florida‏ @PolkCountyFL 43m43 minutes ago

Polk Shelters will open September 9, 2017

BARTOW, Fla. (Sept. 7, 2017) – Based on the current track and… http://fb.me/28aFAUa5V

BARTOW, Fla. (Sept. 7, 2017) – Based on the current track and estimated time of arrival in Polk County of Hurricane Irma, the following public shelters will be open on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 8 a.m.:

• Lake Region High School, 1995 Thunder Road, Eagle Lake
• Tenoroc High School, 4905 Saddle Creek Rd., Lakeland
• Spook Hill Elementary, 321 Dr. J.A. Wiltshire Ave., E., Lake Wales
• Mulberry Middle School, 500 Martin Luther King Ave., Mulberry
• Lake Marion Creek Elem., 3055 Lk. Marion Creek Rd., Poinciana
• Horizons Elementary, 1700 Forest Lake Drive, Davenport
• Chain of Lakes Elementary, 7001 CR 653, Winter Haven
• Davenport School of the Arts, 4751 N CR 547, Davenport
• Donald Bronson Community Center, 124 Bronson Trail, Polk City

“Special Needs” Shelters will also open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, for those residents with special medical needs. Polk County Emergency Management Special Needs Program is designed to provide shelter and/or transportation for residents with medical or physical conditions and/or dependent on medical electrical equipment who require assistance during an emergency. The “Special Needs” Shelters are located at:
• Polk Co. Health Department, 1255 Brice Blvd., Bartow
• Ridge Community H. S., 500 W. Orchid Dr., Davenport
• McKeel Academy, 1810 W. Parker St., Lakeland

The only “pet friendly” shelter that will be open on Saturday at 8 a.m. will be at Lake Region High School, 1995 Thunder Road, Eagle Lake. Pet owners must bring shot records for their pets, an airline-approved carrying case or crate and pet food.
For the most updated information, please continue to monitor your local news media or call the Citizen’s Information Line at 863-401-2234 (locally) or toll-free 866-661-0228. Check the county website for updates at www.polk-county.net.
You may also obtain further emergency information at www.facebook.com/polkcountyem and www.twitter.com/polkemergency
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Polk County Public Schools Polk County Sheriff’s Office LakelandPD City of Lakeland, FL – Government City of Winter Haven, FL (City Gov’t.) City of Lake Wales, Florida Haines City Area Chamber of Commerce City of Auburndale, FL Government City of Fort Meade City of Frostproof, Florida Government City of Mulberry, FL Government The Ledger WFLA News Channel 8 10News WTSP ABC Action News – WFTS – Tampa Bay FOX 13 News – Tampa Bay Bay News 9

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09-07-17 PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA

Pinellas County EM‏ @PinellasEM 23m23 minutes ago

Check our news release regarding mandatory Level A evacuation order, including mobile homes http://bit.ly/2vQ2R7r #PinellasIrma

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09-07-17 PINELLAS COUNTY, FL

Pinellas County EM‏ @PinellasEM 51m51 minutes ago

Due to Pinellas County’s mandatory evacuation order, @fly2pie will close Friday 9/8 at 11:00 a.m. until further notice. #PinellasIrma

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09-07-17
Florida SERT‏Verified account @FLSERT 1m1 minute ago

To report any price gouging please call 1-866-966-7226

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09-07-17 FLORIDA IRMA

BREAKING I St. Pete/Clearwater Airport is closing tomorrow at 11am #HurricaneIrma pic.twitter.com/eCAmobDtKd

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9/7/17|3:20PM: Don’t know if your in a evac zone, put in your address here: http://bit.ly/2j711cr Zoom out, Zone A highlighted red.

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President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Florida
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) sent this bulletin at 09/06/2017 12:35 AM EDT

You are subscribed to National News Releases for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). This information has recently been updated, and is now available.
President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Florida
09/05/2017 10:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the 67 counties in the state of Florida to supplement state, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Irma beginning on September 4, 2017, and continuing.

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Resource list of local, state and national emergency management agencies and programs. Also provides detailed sections with information, tips and suggestions for persons with specific special needs including seniors, people with autism, mobility impairments, pregnant woman and those with newborns.

For more information visit https://www.disability.gov/state/florida/emergency_preparedness.

ALSO……

Find contact information for Special Needs Registries in your county. If you or a family member is medically dependent on electricity, need transportation to evacuate or help because of disability during an emergency, you should check out your county’s registry and available services.

For more information visit https://www.disability.gov/state/florida/emergency_preparedness.

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Brochure that describes the “four Ps” of surviving during an emergency: plan, prepare, practice and participate. Includes information about the importance of contacting your local emergency planning office to make sure your needs are considered in emergency preparedness planning.

For more information visit this link: http://www.disability.gov/state/florida/emergency_preparedness

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Formidable Footprint – A Community / Neighborhood Exercise

Description The Formidable Footprint exercise series has been developed in accordance with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) protocols. The objective of the exercise series is for CERTs, Neighborhood Watch Programs, Neighborhood Associations, Community / Faith Based Organizations, Citizen Corps, Fire Corps and others to work as a team to become better prepared for the next disaster their community may face. There is NO CHARGE for participation in any of the Formidable Footprint exercises. For additional information or to register for up-coming exercises please access the following web site today: www.FormidableFootprint.org

This is a Virtual Event –

Contact Information (Name / Phone / Weblink) Chris Floyd / 850-241-3565 / chrisfloyd@drc-group.com

Here is the PDF for this exercise: FFExerciseFlyer

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WE LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING OTHERS!!

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