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

January 18, 2006
News Release
ORLANDO , Fla . -- Tomorrow is the deadline to apply for federal and state disaster assistance in the wake of Hurricane Wilma, according to the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT).
January 16, 2006
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. - Floridians who received denial letters declaring them ineligible for Hurricane Wilma disaster assistance can follow a process to appeal decisions, according to officials from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida's State Emergency Response Team (SERT). Common reasons for denial include adequate insurance coverage; damage to a secondary home, not a primary residence; duplicate applications made from the same address; and inability to prove occupancy or ownership.
January 13, 2006
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. - Teams of Hazard Mitigation Advisors with expertise in how to make homes and businesses safer from disasters will be available at area home improvement stores starting Monday, Jan. 16, according to the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
January 12, 2006
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Only one week remains for Florida residents and business owners who sustained damage from Hurricane Wilma to apply for disaster assistance. The deadline to apply is Jan. 19. Applications for assistance made on or before Jan. 19 will continue to be processed after the application deadline has passed. To date, a total of $291,488,107 in grants has been approved for 205,137 eligible individuals impacted by Hurricane Wilma. In addition, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved 865 low-interest disaster loans for $52,865,900
January 10, 2006
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- After nearly three months of serving Florida residents impacted by Hurricane Wilma, all remaining Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will be ceasing operations within the next two weeks, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida’s State Emergency Response Team (SERT) announced today. The remaining DRCs will permanently close after conducting business on the days listed below. Until their closure, they will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
January 9, 2006
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- As Floridians make resolutions for the New Year, disaster recovery officials urge them to include in their plans to rebuild – or build – their homes safer and stronger to lessen the impact of future hurricanes. Implementing mitigation measures now can reap savings in time and money after a hurricane, say officials from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida’s State Emergency Response Team (SERT).

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