Representatives from FEMA will be on hand Tuesday, Oct. 17, at City Hall, 1300 White Street, during the City Commission meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. The FEMA Disaster Assistance Team will provide registration and case status checks in the small conference room beside the commission chambers.
The conference room is small, so access during the commission meeting may be limited. The assistance augments the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located at 616 Simonton Street at Fire Station #2.
Anyone impacted by Hurricane Irma is reminded that the 30-day registration timeframe is fast approaching for survivors to apply for disaster assistance from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Survivors of Hurricane Irma have 60 days from the Sept. 10 date of disaster declaration to apply for individual assistance.
FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand at various locations to answer questions and offer home improvement tips about proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters.
They will also offer tips and techniques to build hazard-resistant homes.
Most of the information and the free publications provided are geared to do-it-yourself work and general contractors. Recovery topics covered include flood insurance, elevating utilities and rebuilding flooded homes.
FEMA advisors will be available at the following stores from now through Oct. 14:
KLI Shell Lumber & Hardware Store, 102665 Overseas Highway; M-F, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat. 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Home Depot, 4555 Overseas highway; seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
2811 N. Roosevelt Blvd.; seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Free reference booklets with information on protecting a home from flood damage will be available. More information about strengthening property can be found at www.fema.gov/protect-your-property.
In cooperation with Monroe County Emergency Management, the National Guard is beginning today a free short-term program in which guard members will remove interior storm damage from residents’ homes as part of the first step to make these homes livable again.
With the homeowner’s consent, the National Guard will remove damaged and moldy drywall, flooring, carpeting, ceilings, doors, insulation, fixtures, kitchen cabinets, destroyed appliances and other unsalvageable contents and bring them curbside. They also will do limited sanitizing to prevent mold from returning.
This is the first two steps of 17 required in the FEMA program called STEP (Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power). This program funds certain necessary and essential measures to help restore power, heat and hot water to primary residences that could regain power through necessary and essential repairs. STEP can help residents safely shelter-in-place in their homes pending more permanent repairs.
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The first FEMA travel trailers were delivered on Wednesday, Sept. 2, to Naval Air Station Key West. They are for eligible residents approved by FEMA through individual assistance.
To date, FEMA has approved 84 travel trailers for Monroe County survivors who lost their homes or their homes are too damaged to live in.
“This is great news,” Monroe County Assistant County Administrator Christine Hurley told the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners at their monthly meeting Wednesday night.
Hurley, who has been leading the recovery operation following Hurricane Irma for Monroe County Emergency Management, said the goal is for FEMA to place the trailers on pads in the near future. They become livable as soon as they are hooked up to electric and water/sewer.
These trailers could be put on approved private property sites or at six larger sites for multiple trailers that have been approved by the Army Corps of Engineers pending FEMA approval.
DHSMV’s Florida Licensing on Wheels Mobile units (aka FLOW Mobiles) are in Monroe County to provide vital credentialing services to the victims of Hurricane Irma. Check out the image below for dates, location and hours of operation.
About 2,000 members of the National Guard are in the Keys to help with communications and work at the County distribution points for food and water.