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 7, 2005
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Many Florida residents have experienced devastation and major personal losses due to Hurricane Wilma. Mental health experts know that while physical damage may be immediately visible following a hurricane, stress and emotional problems from losing a job, a home, belongings or loved ones can linger and appear weeks or months after a traumatic event. Many people affected by Wilma may feel overwhelmed as they struggle to navigate the very system that’s being established to provide support and assistance. And stress levels may also rise as the holidays approach.
December 6, 2005
News Release
ORLANDO , Fla. -- Recovery officials voiced concern that word-of-mouth misinformation may discourage eligible Wilma-impacted individuals from seeking help from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida's State Emergency Response Team (SERT). "The last thing you need in a disaster is misinformation," said State Coordinating Officer Craig Fugate. "The best way to avoid that problem is to call the toll-free teleregistration number and ask what kind of assistance is available to you."
December 6, 2005
News Release
ORLANDO , Fla. -- If you received federal disaster assistance for flooding related to Hurricane Wilma and your property is located in an area designated by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as being at high risk for flooding, you will need to obtain flood insurance; that is one of the requirements for federal grants and federally backed low-cost loans. You'll need to maintain your insurance for the life of the loan.
December 5, 2005
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla -- Eight Florida Disaster Recovery Centers will cease operations at the close of business on Saturday, December 10, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Florida State Emergency Response Team (SERT). All other centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday until further notice. No cash, checks, debit cards or vouchers are distributed at Disaster Recovery Centers.
December 1, 2005
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Floridians in need of housing in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma can access a special, free Web site to locate available rental property in their areas.Individuals can search Disaster Housing Resources, www.DHRonline.org, to find properties by price, location and housing options such as number of bedrooms and bathrooms.
November 28, 2005
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Many victims of Hurricane Wilma have called the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to register for disaster assistance and, afterwards, received a loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Recovery officials are urging everyone who has received an SBA application to take time to fill it out and return it promptly. Completing the SBA application is a necessary step to being considered for other forms of disaster assistance.

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