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

May 12, 2006
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The small business that suffers damage from a disaster, such as Hurricane Wilma, has a greater chance of returning to pre-disaster operating levels if it prepares in advance. For that reason, business owners should take time now to plan ahead for a disaster, according to officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
May 4, 2006
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Imagine a hurricane has taken a sudden turn and is heading straight for your town. The forecasters and meteorologists had all said the dangerous storm would hit in another location several hundred miles away. But now, it is headed straight for you and your family. Fortunately, you have done everything you knew to do in preparation for an event of this nature. You have implemented mitigation techniques by reinforcing your home to survive hurricane-force winds. You purchased flood insurance to protect against water damage.
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.
February 10, 2006
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Officials from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State Emergency Response Team are urging residents affected by Hurricane Wilma to be alert and report potential fraud in the aftermath of the hurricane and during rebuilding efforts.  "Those recovering from the disaster should take precautions when dealing with contractors or inspectors so they don't become a victim a second time," said Director Scott R. Morris, Florida Long Term Recovery. "Ask for identification before letting anyone into your home."
February 7, 2006
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Three months after Hurricane Wilma made landfall, $303,211,790 has been approved for Florida residents who suffered damages or losses from the disaster, according to officials from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Florida State Emergency Response Team (SERT). President George W. Bush issued a major disaster declaration on Oct. 24 for parts of Florida that felt Wilma’s wrath.

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