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

December 14, 2005
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Disaster Recovery Center located at NOVA Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, will cease operations at the close of business on Friday, Dec. 16, the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida's State Emergency Response Team (SERT) announced today. The remaining eight Broward County DRCs will continue to operate until further notice. At the close of business on Dec. 13, the DRC located at NOVA Southeastern University had served more than 450 residents.
December 14, 2005
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A new Disaster Recovery Center has opened in Florida to help residents who sustained damage from Hurricane Wilma, according to the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Florida State Emergency Response Team (SERT). Disaster Recovery Centers provide a single location where people are able to talk face-to-face with disaster recovery specialists. No cash, checks, debit cards or vouchers are distributed at Disaster Recovery Centers.
December 13, 2005
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Residents of Florida who have been impacted by Hurricane Wilma and need financial assistance should be sure to complete the loan application sent to them by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), according to the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
December 13, 2005
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Even if you do not live near a river or on the coast, you may still be at risk for flood damage. Floods are the nation's most common - and costliest - natural disaster, and they are not just a problem near the water. Flash floods, inland flooding and seasonal storms bring flooding to every region of the country. Homeowners policies do not cover flooding, and 20 to 25 percent of all flood-insurance claims are filed in low- to moderate-risk areas - areas where a large percentage of residents are without flood insurance.
December 8, 2005
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The past two record-breaking hurricane seasons have shown the importance of having up-to-the-minute weather information. As essential as a smoke detector for fires, a special National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio All Hazards can alert you to approaching severe weather. Weather radios are available for a variety of prices, and they would make ideal gifts for the holiday season, point out officials from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida’s State Emergency Response Team (SERT).
December 8, 2005
News Release
ORLANDO , Fla. -- With FEMA's hotel program for those displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita coming to an end, evacuees currently staying in Florida 's Panhandle are urged to take advantage of two free resources -- a Web site and a toll-free hotline -- for locating available rental housing in the Gulf Coast region and throughout the rest of the nation.

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