Florida Severe Storms and Tornadoes (DR-1679)

Incident period: February 1, 2007 to February 2, 2007
Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 3, 2007

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

February 20, 2007
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Unexpected crisis caused by disasters can leave individuals, families, and businesses devastated, making day-to-day cares of life a heavy burden. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida’s State Emergency Response Team (SERT) are working hard to lighten the heavy load that comes with disasters.
February 19, 2007
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Private property owners and renters should use caution when separating storm debris to be moved to the curbside for pickup. Storm debris usually falls into one of three categories: Common household products, usually cleaners, aerosol cans, and pesticides; Appliances or "white goods", refrigerators, stoves or other large appliances; and Household furnishings such as carpeting or other flooring, furniture and mattresses. Storm debris might contain materials which could pose health or safety hazards such as:
February 19, 2007
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Many Florida residents who registered for tornado disaster assistance will receive a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application packet in the mail that must be returned promptly in order to quickly process any homeowner's or renter's application for state-federal disaster assistance. Information in the loan application allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to determine the type of assistance an applicant may receive. Although the form must be completed, loan applicants are not required to take out an approved SBA loan.
February 17, 2007
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Volunteers have made enormous contributions to disaster response and recovery efforts after recent Florida tornadoes sliced through four counties. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida 's State Emergency Response Team (SERT) urge Floridians to continue responding to the affected areas.
February 17, 2007
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Once the shock of a disaster wears off, many Floridians ask how long it will take to clean up, repair, rebuild, and return to their life before the disaster. Officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida 's State Emergency Response Team (SERT) believe the answer varies because of the uniqueness of every disaster. However both organizations agree the first step in the recovery process begins by applying for disaster assistance. 
February 16, 2007
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- State and federal recovery officials remind private property owners with disaster-related debris it is the responsibility of the property owner to move it to curbside for pickup. Certain types of debris may be hazardous, and should not be handled by private property owners.

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