Florida Hurricane Katrina (DR-1602)

Incident period: August 24, 2005 to September 6, 2005
Major Disaster Declaration declared on August 28, 2005

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

April 26, 2006
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. ? Flooding is America's most common natural disaster. Even though hurricanes are the main cause of flooding in Florida, we must be prepared at all times. Officials from the State of Florida Emergency Response Team (SERT) and the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge Floridians to take action now and buy flood insurance before heavy rains and late spring floods begin.
April 19, 2006
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- In the six months since Hurricane Wilma hit South Florida, more than $760 million in Public Assistance funds has been dispersed throughout communities affected by that storm, contributing to a total of $1 billion in Public Assistance funds that has reached city, county and state applicants for recovery from the 2005 storms, officials from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida’s State Emergency Response Team (SERT) announced today.
January 9, 2006
News Release
Washington, DC - The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced all Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees in the FEMA hotel/motel direct bill program will be subsidized by the federal program through at least Feb. 7 as they continue to make longer-term housing arrangements, consistent with a recent Court Order. FEMA also announced it will begin using a new authorization code process immediately to provide direct-bill hotel assistance beyond Feb. 7 to Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees on a case-by-case basis.
November 11, 2005
News Release
Atlanta, GA - Thousands of Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuees throughout the Southeast who have registered for help from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are failing to complete an important step in that process, say FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) officials. That step is completing the SBA loan form that is sent to applicants along with an information packet when they register for FEMA assistance. There are several forms in the packet. Completing the SBA loan application is required for all applicants.
October 24, 2005
News Release
Washington, DC - The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross will soon complete the final step in transitioning oversight of the American Red Cross Special Accommodations Program for evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The transition will take place at 12:01 a.m., October 25 and will be called the FEMA Short-Term Lodging Program.
October 6, 2005
News Release
Washington D.C. -- Evacuees who lost their jobs because of Hurricanes Katrina or Rita, and had to flee their homes, may be eligible to receive unemployment compensation where they currently reside. The benefits, which also extend to self-employed persons, are funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency in a 26-week Disaster Unemployment Assistance program administered by the states. The program is available to unemployed U.S. nationals and qualified aliens who worked or were self-employed if they:

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