Florida Hurricane Charley and Tropical Storm Bonnie (DR-1539)
Incident period: August 11, 2004 to August 30, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on August 13, 2004
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
May 19, 2005
ORLANDO, Fla. -- After Hurricanes Charley, Frances and then Jeanne left trails of devastation in Hardee County, residents of Wauchula and nearby areas were faced with severely damaged homes, many of them uninhabitable. Some people wondered how on earth they would ever be able to put their homes – and their lives – back together. Now, thanks to the warm hearts and helping hands of volunteers from churches and other community service organizations, along with federal and county aid, eight Hardee families have brand new homes and more than 60 other homes have been repaired.
May 13, 2005
ORLANDO, Fla. -- As a result of decreased volume and people’s continued recovery and focus on the upcoming hurricane season, the last three disaster recovery centers (DRCs) in the state will close at the end of the day today. “It’s a great sign of progress, that Floridians are moving ahead with their lives,” said Bill Carwile, federal coordinating officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), commenting on the closings and their important contributions to recovery.
May 12, 2005
» Florida Individual Assistance County Data ORLANDO, Fla. -- Federal aid in the form of Public Assistance grants to Florida governments and agencies has topped $1 billion as recovery efforts proceed following the 2004 hurricanes.
May 9, 2005
ORLANDO, Fla. -- To Margaret Criface, 76, of Wauchula, having Hurricanes Charley and Frances slam into her mobile home seemed enough to endure. But then Jeanne struck the final blow, turning her home into a pile of debris. Somehow, she had to find shelter. Criface applied for disaster assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She was delighted when a brand new travel trailer was set up next to the remains of her shattered mobile home. The trailer offered her a safe haven while she figured out the next steps to take.
May 9, 2005
PINE ISLAND, Fla. -- In the aftermath of the unprecedented 2004 hurricane season, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the State of Florida and voluntary agencies, are partnering to develop long-term recovery initiatives to address ongoing needs and to provide a roadmap for communities to guide them in their rebuilding efforts.