Hurricane Irma Update 66



Red Cross assistance

The American Red Cross is providing limited financial assistance for residents of Volusia County whose home had major damage or was destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Residents affected by Hurricane Irma can seek assistance from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the American Red Cross, 341 White St., Daytona Beach, through Saturday, Oct. 7. Only one person per household is needed to apply. Proof of residency (i.e. utility bill) and photo identification (i.e. Florida driver’s license with current address) is needed when applying for assistance. For more information, call the Red Cross at 386-226-1400.


Hours at John H. Dickerson Heritage Library expanded

Due to flooding, the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island is closed until further notice. The John H. Dickerson Heritage Library, 411 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach, will expand its hours while the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island is closed for repairs. Beginning Saturday, Oct. 7, the Dickerson library will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call the library at 386-239-6478.


Operation Blue Roof in Volusia County extended to Oct. 9

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended operations in Volusia County through Monday, Oct. 9, as part of Operation Blue Roof. Representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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 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 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.


FEMA Other Needs Assistance Program expanded

As of today, FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program has been expanded to include Clean and Removal Assistance (CRA). The grant will be a one-time fixed amount of $500. It will be up to the property owner to contract services to remove contaminates and disinfect affected areas from disaster caused flooding or to use the funds to assist in the process of removing contaminates themselves. IMPORTANT: Applicants can only receive this assistance if 1) the applicant’s pre-disaster primary residence is located in a county that is designated for Individual Assistance, and occupancy and ownership are verified, 2) the applicant passes identity verification, 3) the applicant has at least one real property line item recorded with the Cause of Damage as Flood, 4) the applicant’s home was not covered by flood or mobile home insurance at the time of the disaster, and 5) they have been deemed ineligible for assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) because of Home Repair Assistance of Ineligible Insufficient Damage (IID).


Residents who sustained damage to their home due to Hurricane Irma are encouraged to register with FEMA for possible assistance. Residents can register online at, or by 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.


To date, FEMA has had 52,236 registrations in Volusia and approved $15,326,624 in Individuals and Household Program (IHP) funds.


Libraries available to apply for disaster assistance

Volusia County residents are reminded they can visit any public library to access a computer or the internet to register for FEMA assistance or other disaster assistance available to them. 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 online applications. For a list of library locations, visit


Votran providing service to Food for Florida

Beginning today, Votran will provide shuttle service to the Disaster Food Assistance site at the Volusia County Fairgrounds. Service will run hourly from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 7 from the Transfer Plaza on Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard and Palmetto Avenue in Daytona Beach and the Amelia Super Stop on Amelia Avenue and International Speedway Boulevard in DeLand.


On Sunday, Oct. 8, service will run hourly from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the beachside Intermodal Transfer Facility located on the bottom level of the Ocean Center parking garage in Daytona Beach. Paratransit buses with signage on the front windshield and side window will be used for shuttle service. The last bus leaving for the Volusia County Fairgrounds departs at 4 p.m. daily. The last bus leaving the Volusia County Fairgrounds departs at 5 p.m. daily.


Votran recommends residents arrive at the Volusia County Fairgrounds early, as the Food for Florida process may take longer than an hour.


No fares will be charged for shuttle service to and from the Volusia County Fairgrounds. For information on Votran routes and service, call 386-761-7700 or visit

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