Florida Hurricane Wilma (DR-1609)
Incident period: October 23, 2005 to November 18, 2005
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 24, 2005
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
July 10, 2009
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Nearly four years after Katrina, the Robert E. Smith Branch of the New Orleans Public Library on Canal Boulevard has remained damaged and closed. In its place, a library bookmobile, followed by a modular library, have continued to service the community and children of the Lakeview area. Now, according to an announcement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA), local residents can expect a brand new Robert E. Smith Library in their neighborhood to replace the old facility and the current modular library.
June 26, 2009
ERATH, La. -- While Rita-related repair work to restore Dozier Elementary School is currently underway, residents of Vermilion Parish may also notice a new addition to the school's campus. A five-foot floodwall is being built around the facility, thanks to the school board's smart planning and a recent federal grant, announced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA).
September 8, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Florida policyholders of the National Flood Insurance Program received more than $860 million in payments for Hurricane Ivan claims since the storm crashed ashore, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. For nearly 10,000 claims paid, the total disbursements under Ivan amount to more than those paid for any other Florida disaster in the program’s history. Nationwide, only policyholders who made flood claims for Hurricane Katrina received more money.
July 27, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Manatee County is installing state-of-the-art hurricane shutters on facilities responsible for treating and testing the county’s water supply. The city of Leesburg, in Lake County, is placing windproof hurricane barriers on four of its public buildings to protect first responders, city employees and vital equipment from the dangers of flying glass and debris.
July 27, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mitigation is the practice of preparing for disasters before they happen by using disaster-resistant building techniques or any other sustained methods designed to reduce or eliminate long-term risks to life and property. Studies show that every $1 spent on mitigation can save up to $4 in costs related to disaster recovery. One simple but extremely effective mitigation measure is the installation of storm shutters or wind barriers. When properly installed, these devices can protect homes, businesses and vital public facilities – and, in the process, human lives.
July 21, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. -- In less than one year since Hurricane Wilma struck South Florida, more than $1 billion in federal Public Assistance funds has been dispersed throughout communities affected by that storm, officials from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida's State Emergency Response Team (SERT) announced today.