GEORGIA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

GEORGIA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CONTACT US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

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, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – This will ONLY bring you to the correct information center in the area code within the very same City/Town in the County & State you purchased/acquired your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

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You are more than welcome to send in information on your on your emergency preparedness events…..
to georgia@homelesstoindependence.org

Thank you!

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Complete an SBA Loan Application to be Considered for Other Assistance

Release date:
February 8, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4294/4297-DR NR-010
THOMASVILLE, Ga. – Georgia storm survivors who have been contacted by the U.S. Small Business Administration are encouraged to complete and return a disaster loan application so they can be considered for additional federal disaster assistance.

Other Needs Assistance grants may cover uninsured losses for furniture, appliances and other personal property, even vehicles. Some survivors will not be considered for this type of assistance unless they complete and return the SBA disaster loan application. FEMA grants for housing assistance and rental assistance are not affected if survivors do not complete an SBA loan application.

Applicants from Berrien, Cook, Crisp, Dougherty, Thomas, Turner, Wilcox and Worth counties should complete the application, even if they don’t want a loan.

Some grants, those for medical, dental and funeral expenses, are not SBA dependent. So in those cases completing the loan application is not necessary, nor is it needed for survivors seeking temporary rental assistance.

Other than insurance, the SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property, offering low-interest loans to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters.

Survivors can get more information and guidance from SBA representatives at any FEMA Disaster Recovery Center.

Apply online using the electronic loan application via SBA’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and paper application forms can be ordered from SBA’s customer service center at 800-659-2955 or by email at disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call 800-877-8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit sba.gov/disaster.

Completed forms should be mailed to:
U.S. Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Road
Fort Worth, TX 76155

Applications can be submitted even as disaster survivors await insurance settlements. The loan balance will be reduced by the settlement.

Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 from SBA to repair or replace a primary residence. Homeowners and renters may borrow up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property.

Businesses may borrow up to $2 million for any combination of property damage or economic injury. SBA offers low-interest working-capital loans—called Economic Injury Disaster Loans—to small businesses and most private nonprofits of all sizes.

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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.

Last Updated:
February 8, 2017 – 12:39
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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Thomas County

Release date:
February 7, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4294/4297-GA NR-009
THOMASVILLE, Ga. — A Disaster Recovery Center will open in southwest Georgia Wednesday, Feb. 8, to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the January severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding.

The center will be staffed with representatives from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other disaster-assistance officials who can provide information and guidance for storm survivors.

Thomas County
Location: Thomas County Fire Department
1202 Remington Ave.
Thomasville, GA 31792

Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays
The eight counties designated for FEMA Individuals and Households assistance are Berrien, Cook, Crisp, Dougherty, Thomas, Turner, Wilcox and Worth.

Survivors are urged to register with FEMA before visiting any Disaster Recover Center, but they can also do so at the center.

To register with FEMA:

Log onto DisasterAssistance.gov;
Download the official FEMA app at Google Play or the Apple App Store;

Or, visit fema.gov/mobile-app. to download the app;

Call 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.

To find other Disaster Recovery Centers now open in Georgia, log onto fema.gov and search for FEMA: DRC Locator.

For updates on Georgia’s current disaster response and recovery, follow @GeorgiaEMA and @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and visit gema.ga.gov and fema.gov/disaster/4294 or fema.gov/disaster/4297.

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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.

Last Updated:
February 7, 2017 – 11:02
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Thomas, Worth Counties in Georgia Added to Disaster Declaration

Release date:
February 6, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4297-DR NR-008
THOMASVILLE, Ga. — Residents of Thomas and Worth Counties who suffered damage in the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding of Jan. 21-22 are now encouraged to register with FEMA for federal disaster assistance.

Applying for disaster assistance is a two-step process that ensures consideration for FEMA programs and SBA disaster loans. First, register with FEMA, then complete and return the no-obligation SBA loan application, if one is offered. There is no charge to apply for the loan and if approved, no obligation to accept it.

Residents of Thomas and Worth counties who have already pre-registered with FEMA do not need to apply again, but are encouraged to follow up with their application. Registering with other organizations, such as the Red Cross, is not the same as registering with FEMA.

To register with FEMA:

Log onto DisasterAssistance.gov;
Download the official FEMA app at Google Play or the Apple App Store;
Or, visit fema.gov/mobile-app. to download the app.

Call 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Visit a Disaster Recovery Center. To find the nearest center in southwest Georgia, log onto fema.gov and search for FEMA: DRC Locator.

Going to a DRC is not a requirement of registration, but specialists there provide guidance regarding disaster recovery and rental resources, explain written correspondence received from FEMA, inform survivors of the status of their application, make referrals to other organizations and answer questions.

Survivors should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled.

Berrien, Cook, Crisp, Dougherty, Turner and Wilcox counties were previously designated eligible for Individual Assistance by the presidential declaration of Jan. 26.

Disaster assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as repairing or replacing damaged or destroyed personal property, medical and dental expenses. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration may also be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance.

Federal disaster aid does not affect other government benefits, such as Social Security and Medicaid, and is not considered taxable income. Only one person per household is eligible to register. Survivors must use the name that appears on their Social Security card and have insurance and disaster information available at registration.

Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.

For updates on Georgia’s current disaster response and recovery, follow @GeorgiaEMA and @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and visit gema.ga.gov and fema.gov/disaster/4294 or fema.gov/disaster/4297.

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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.

Last Updated:
February 6, 2017 – 09:57
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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Crisp, Dougherty Counties

Release date:
February 4, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4294/4297-GA NR-007
THOMASVILLE, Ga. — Two more Disaster Recovery Centers will open in southwest Georgia Monday, Feb. 6 to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds in January.

These centers will be staffed with representatives from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other disaster-assistance officials who can provide information and guidance for storm survivors.

Dougherty County
Location: Albany Mall
2601 Dawson Road
Albany, GA 31707

Crisp County
Location: Cordele Fire Department
112 Eddie Road
Cordele, GA 31015

Hours at both:
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays
The currently disaster-designated counties are Berrien, Cook, Crisp, Dougherty, Turner and Wilcox.

Survivors are urged to register with FEMA before visiting any Disaster Recover Center, but they can also do so at the center.

To register with FEMA:

Log onto DisasterAssistance.gov;
Download the official FEMA app at Google Play or the Apple App Store;

Or, visit fema.gov/mobile-app. to download the app.

Call 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.

To find other Disaster Recovery Centers now open in Georgia, log onto fema.gov and search for FEMA: DRC Locator.

For updates on Georgia’s current disaster response and recovery, follow @GeorgiaEMA and @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and visit gema.ga.gov and fema.gov/disaster/4294 or fema.gov/disaster/4297.

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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.

Last Updated:
February 4, 2017 – 12:48
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Recovery Experts Warn: Beware of Fraud During Disaster Recovery

Release date:
February 2, 2017
Release Number:
FEMA-4294-DR NR-006
THOMASVILLE, Ga. — After a disaster, scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals may attempt to prey on vulnerable survivors. The most common post-disaster fraud practices include phony housing inspectors, fraudulent building contractors, bogus pleas for disaster donations and fake offers of state or federal aid.

Survivors should keep in mind:

Federal and state workers never ask for or accept money and always carry identification badges.
There is NO FEE required to apply for or to get disaster assistance from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration or the state.
Scam attempts can be made over the phone, by mail or email, text, or in person.
Survivors are particularly susceptible to fraud and price-gouging because their needs are immediate and there are few alternatives to offers of help. Survivors should take steps to protect themselves and avoid fraud when hiring contractors to clean property, remove debris or make repairs. In Georgia, roofers are no longer allowed to pay insurance deductibles unless the roofer employs a public adjuster to file claims.

Follow these simple rules to avoid becoming a victim of fraud:

Use a checklist to remind you of what you need to demand when hiring a contractor;
Use only contractors licensed by your state;
Get a written estimate and get more than one estimate;
Demand and check references;
Ask for proof of insurance, i.e. liability and Workmen’s Compensation;
Insist on a written contract and refuse to sign a contract with blank spaces;
Get any manufacturing or labor warranties in writing;
Make final payments only after the work is completed;
Pay by check.
Donating money or supplies to the relief effort is a way to help survivors, but be alert to scams. Learn more about how to donate responsibly.

If you suspect contractor fraud or charity scams, report them to the Georgia Office of Attorney General Chris Carr at 404-651-8600. Complaints may be filed online. For insurance questions, contact the Georgia Department of Insurance Fraud Investigation Division at 800-656-2298. Also notify the toll-free FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721. Complaints also may be made by contacting local law enforcement agencies.

You can check the reputation of businesses via the Georgia Consumer Protection Unit. The website is www.consumer.ga.gov.

For updates on Georgia’s current disaster response and recovery, follow @GeorgiaEMA and @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and visit gema.ga.gov and fema.gov/disaster/4294 or fema.gov/disaster/4297.

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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.

Last Updated:
February 2, 2017 – 12:03
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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Turner County for Georgia Storm Survivors

Release date:
February 1, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4294/4297-GA NR-0005
THOMASVILLE, Ga. — A Disaster Recovery Center will open Thursday, Feb. 2, in Turner County to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds in January.

Turner County
Location: Turner Civic Center
354 Lamar St.
Ashburn, Georgia 31714

Hours:
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays

Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed with representatives from FEMA, Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process and get updates about applications.

Register with FEMA the following ways:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.;
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov;
Download the FEMA mobile app at Google Play or the Apple App Store, or visit fema.gov/mobile-app;

Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. They have assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, sanitary place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

For updates on Georgia’s current disaster response and recovery, follow @GeorgiaEMA and @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and visit gema.ga.gov and fema.gov/disaster/4294 or fema.gov/disaster/4297.

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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.

Last Updated:
February 1, 2017 – 17:39
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Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Cook County for Georgia Storm Survivors

Release date:
January 31, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4297-GA NR-004
THOMASVILLE, Ga. — A Disaster Recovery Center will open Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Cook County to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds in January.

Cook County
Location: Cook County Administration Building
1200 South Hutchinson Ave.
Adel, Georgia 31620

Hours:
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays

Disaster Recovery Centers are staffed with representatives from FEMA, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process and get updates about applications.

Register with FEMA the following ways:

Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.;
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov (also in Spanish);
Download the FEMA mobile app (also in Spanish) at Google Play or the Apple App Store, or visit fema.gov/mobile-app;

Help is available in most languages, and information on the registration process is available in ASL at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111546.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. They have assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program is designed to help survivors with immediate essential needs and to help displaced survivors find a safe, sanitary place to live temporarily until they can return home. Many survivors may have additional needs beyond what can be provided by FEMA. The agency works closely with state, federal, faith-based and voluntary agencies to help match survivors who have remaining needs with other sources of assistance.

For updates on Georgia’s current disaster response and recovery, follow @GeorgiaEMA and @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and visit gema.ga.gov and fema.gov/disaster/4294 or fema.gov/disaster/4297.

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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.

Last Updated:
January 31, 2017 – 15:50
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After You Have Registered With FEMA

Release date:
January 31, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4294/4297-GA FS 001
Within 10 days after you’ve registered with FEMA for disaster assistance, a FEMA-contracted inspector should contact you and may schedule an appointment to visit the home.

Housing Inspections

Inspectors do not determine an applicant’s eligibility for assistance.

The applicant will be asked to provide documentation to the inspector.

Homeowners are asked to show proof of ownership, such as a tax bill, deed, mortgage payment receipt or insurance policy, with the applicant’s name, and the damaged property’s address on the documentation.
Renters must show proof of occupancy, a lease, rent payment receipt, utility bill or another document confirming the location was their primary residence at the time of the disaster. Both homeowners and renters must provide a valid driver’s license or other photo identification.
Upon arrival, the FEMA inspectors will display official contractor photo identification. If the photo ID is not visible, it is important for survivors to ask to see it. This helps prevent fraud.

FEMA’s housing inspectors verify disaster damage to the structure, building systems and major appliances, and enter the information electronically into FEMA computers. Inspectors do not need to document all damage.

An inspection generally requires 20-45 minutes to complete the assessment. To speed the process, applicants should:

Keep their appointment or notify the inspector if a postponement is necessary.
Tell the inspector about other property losses or disaster-related needs, such as transportation, medical or dental care, tools and equipment required by an employer (if not self-employed) and educational materials, so inspectors can relay the information to FEMA.
If possible, provide photos that can support the damage claims, at the time of inspection.
What to expect from inspectors:

They have each applicant’s nine-digit registration number and will never ask for it.
They never require banking or other personal information.
They do not hire or endorse specific contractors to repair homes or recommend repairs.
Disaster survivors with communication-related disabilities—those who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind or have low vision, and those with speech disabilities—may request reasonable accommodations to aid in communication. For instance, survivors may request an American Sign Language interpreter. Accommodations can be requested by calling (800) 621-3362.

Important Survivor Tips

Residents should not wait for a FEMA housing inspection before repairing their properties.
Document losses thoroughly. Take pictures of all damage to property and keep receipts of all disaster-related purchases and expenses.
Stay in touch with FEMA after registration. If addresses or phone numbers change, they should be updated with FEMA as soon as possible. Missing or erroneous information could result in delays in getting a home inspection or receiving assistance.
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Last Updated:
January 31, 2017 – 14:17
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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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