Hurricane Irma Update 73

 

Recovery assistance and debris updates

 

FEMA deadline to register is Nov. 9

To date, FEMA has had 58,978 registrations in Volusia and approved $34,843,261 in Individuals and Household Program (IHP) funds. Residents who sustained damage to their home due to Hurricane Irma are encouraged to register with FEMA for possible assistance. Only one registration per household is necessary. The deadline to register is Nov. 9. There are two ways to register for FEMA assistance:

  • Online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
  • Call 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.

U.S. Small Business Administration deadlines to register

To date, the SBA has approved more than $97 million in SBA Disaster Loans in Florida, and more than $1.1 million in Volusia County. Second to insurance, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans are the primary source of federal assistance to rebuild disaster-damaged private property for homeowners and businesses. The filing deadline for physical property damage is Nov. 9. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

County assistance available for hurricane damage

Volusia County residents who need insurance deductible payments or home repair because of damage to their primary residence caused by Hurricane Irma may apply for assistance through the county’s Community Assistance Division. Applications for the Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery program are available online at www.volusia.org/community-assistance and at these locations:

  • Volusia County Community Assistance office, 110 Rich Ave., DeLand, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Volusia County Public Library branches during regular branch hours (for a list of locations, visit www.volusialibrary.org).

The disaster recovery program is funded by Volusia County’s State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program to assist residents who own and occupy their home and have already applied for assistance from FEMA or the Small Business Administration. If residents have homeowners insurance, they must have already filed a claim.

The program is income-based. Applicants’ household income may not exceed 120 percent of the area median income (AMI). The majority of available funds are specifically for residents with incomes below 80 percent of the AMI; however, residents with income between 80 and 120 percent are still encouraged to apply. Applicants must live in Volusia County, but not within the city limits of Deltona or Daytona Beach. Residents applying for assistance for manufactured homes are eligible only if the home was constructed after June 1994 and the resident owns the land where the home is located.

Completed applications may be dropped off in person or mailed to Volusia County Community Assistance, 110 W. Rich Ave., DeLand, FL 32720. Residents who are disabled and need a reasonable accommodation to apply for this program may contact Lori Brown at 386-736-5955 or lbrown@volusia.org.

Libraries available to apply for disaster assistance

Volusia County residents can visit any public library to access a computer and the internet to register for FEMA assistance or other disaster assistance. 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 www.volusialibrary.org.

Residential debris drop-off sites will remain open through Nov. 5

To date, Volusia County has collected 238,000 cubic yards of storm debris. Volusia County is extending the operations of the free temporary residential debris drop-off sites. These sites are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week through Sunday, Nov. 5, at the following locations:

  • Tomoka Landfill, 1990 Tomoka Farms Road, Port Orange
  • Old Plymouth Landfill, 1991 W. Plymouth Ave., DeLand
  • Intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway, Orange City

All Volusia County residents and small landscape-type businesses may bring Hurricane Irma vegetative debris only to the debris reduction drop-off sites without charge. Homeowners associations and people who live on private roads are also encouraged to use these sites to clean their private communities. Residents must show proof of residency, and small landscape-type businesses will need to complete a form to drop debris at the sites. The only type of debris accepted at these sites is vegetative debris (leaves, branches and cut trees) that has not been bagged. No other debris will be accepted. For more information, call Volusia County’s debris hotline at 386-507-5166 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Debris on private roads to be picked up beginning Nov. 6

Volusia County will collect vegetative storm debris on unincorporated private roads beginning Monday, Nov. 6. The collection will be done with one pass. All vegetative storm debris should be placed on the right of way by Nov. 6 to ensure it is collected. Debris should not cover storm drains or be placed near fire hydrants, power lines and mailboxes.

Residents on private roads must separate vegetative debris from bagged debris and construction and demolition debris. The collection of bagged debris and construction and demolition debris will not be included. Residents will be responsible for disposal of this debris. Hazardous debris, such as paint and tires, will not be picked up. It is the responsibility of the resident to dispose of hazardous waste items. For information on the disposal of hazardous waste items, visit   http://www.volusia.org/services/public-works/solid-waste-and-recycling/disposing-of-household-hazardous-waste.stml.

Residents can call 386-507-5166 or visit www.volusia.org/pin if they have questions about the removal of storm-related debris.

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