Hurricane Irma Update 62

 

 

FEMA assistance

Residents who sustained damage to their home due to Hurricane Irma are encouraged to register with FEMA for possible assistance. There are two ways to register:

  1. Online at disasterassistance.gov.
  2. Calling FEMA’s toll-free number at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Applicants who use 711 or video relay service may call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and a TTY may call 800-462-7585 directly. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) may call 800-621-3362.

At this time, a Disaster Recovery Center is NOT open in Volusia County. If residents are approached by someone offering to sign them up for FEMA assistance for a fee, this should be reported to law enforcement. There are FEMA teams in the area, however, they carry identification and there is never a fee to register for FEMA assistance. If a Disaster Recovery Center opens in Volusia County, it will be announced and posted at www.volusia.org/PIN.

 

Residents who need access to a computer or the internet to register for FEMA assistance, can visit any of the county’s library branches to apply for FEMA assistance online. If residents do not have a library card, a guest pass will be issued to use the public-access computers. People also can bring their own equipment and access the free Wi-Fi to complete the online FEMA application. At the library, staff members can assist in navigating the online FEMA application, but are unable to discuss specifics with regard to FEMA eligibility and assistance. Residents are encouraged to call FEMA’s toll-free registration number at 800-621-FEMA (3362) to speak to a representative who can answer questions and provide consultation regarding eligibility and assistance that may be available.

 

Operation Blue Roof comes to Volusia County

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be in Volusia County Thursday as part of Operation Blue Roof. Representatives will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the DeLand YMCA, 761 E. International Speedway Blvd., DeLand.

In disaster areas, Operation Blue Roof is a program for homeowners who have damage to their roofs. The program sends licensed contractors out to homes to cover the damage with fiber-reinforced plastic sheeting (tarp) until homeowners can arrange repairs. Operation Blue Roof allows residents to stay in their homes, instead of paying for temporary housing or hotels. The program also protects property while homeowners recover from the storm. This is a free service to homeowners with homes that are primary residences or permanently occupied rental properties that have less than 50 percent structural damage. Vacation rental properties are not eligible for the program. Not all roof types qualify for the program. For more information, call 888-ROOF-BLU (888-766-3258) and press 315, or go to www.saj.usace.army.mil/BlueRoof. Applicants who use 711 or video relay service, can call 800-621-3362. Those who are deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech disability and use TTY, can call 800-462-7585.

Emergency officials advise it can take two weeks or longer for the roof assistance. In the interim, if residents need assistance placing a tarp on their roof, they can call Volusia County Community Services at 386-943-7029.

 

Community Organizations Active in Disaster

Volunteer and community efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Irma continue. They are coordinated by the Volusia Community Organizations Active in Disaster, also known as COAD. This local organization is composed of civic groups, businesses, faith-based associations, individuals and government agencies that address unmet needs before, during and after a disaster. Organizers are continuing to work with volunteer groups and community organizations to meet the immediate needs of those affected by Hurricane Irma. For more information about COAD, visit www.volusiacoad.org.

 

Transitional Sheltering Assistance – deadline extension

FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program was extended to ensure uninterrupted temporary sheltering assistance for Florida survivors. Individuals currently in the program should have received a phone call letting them know about the program extension and the status of their eligibility. Individuals who remain eligible for continued transitional sheltering assistance can remain in their current temporary lodging location. To find a hotel participating in the program, visit www.femaevachotels.com.

 

Hurricane Irma recovery jobs portal

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced Employ Florida, one of the nation’s largest job opening websites, has launched a new portal for Hurricane Irma recovery and cleanup jobs. The Employ Florida Hurricane Irma Recovery Jobs Portal provides direct links to recovery and cleanup job opportunities across the state; it is available at Irma.EmployFlorida.com. New jobs are being added every day for job seekers. Employers who would like to register and list jobs should pick “Hurricane Irma Recovery Job” in the listing so it shows up in the portal. Besides job listings, individuals can also use Irma.EmployFlorida.com to create a resume, apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance, find education and training opportunities and more.

 

Assistance for Florida’s displaced workforce

If you are a displaced worker because of Hurricane Irma, help is available through a special program for re-employment and emergency assistance run by a team of state and local community representatives called the Florida Reemployment and Emergency Assistance Coordination Team, or REACT. Displaced worker grants are awarded for temporary employment to conduct a variety of services, such as providing food, clothing and shelter or helping to demolish, clean or reconstruct damaged structures and facilities. To file, visit www.floridajobs.org, go to the Hurricane Irma Recovery Assistance image and select “Apply for Disaster Unemployment.” If you need assistance with filing, call 800-385-3920. The application deadline is Oct. 16.

 

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program provides cash flow to businesses damaged by a disaster. The short-term, interest-free loans help bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term Small Business Administration loans. Visit www.floridadisasterloan.org for more information.

 

Business survey

The Department of Economic Opportunity is surveying businesses in counties affected by Hurricane Irma to determine damage. The survey assists the state when determining if relief services for businesses should be activated. The information will be shared among various state and local agencies to expedite implementation of appropriate disaster relief programs for businesses. Visit http://flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda to access the business survey. When completing the survey, select “Hurricane Irma” from the drop-down menu.

 

County parks

For a list of county-maintained parks, preserves and trails that have reopened, visit www.volusia.org/parks.

 

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