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 9, 2007
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $1,899,654 to help Floridians recover from the deadly tornadoes and storms that struck the state. As of close of business, February 8, 1631 residents had registered with FEMA for some form of disaster assistance, including financial grants, and other disaster-related services. Federal grants totaling $1,706,830 are going directly to applicants to help pay for housing assistance, including rental assistance and repairs to their homes.
February 8, 2007
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Inspectors from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are contacting hundreds of disaster applicants whose homes sustained damage from tornadoes that struck central Florida last week. Currently, fifty inspectors have completed more than 545 requests from homeowners to date, with another 100 scheduled. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and insurance companies also have inspectors in the field.
February 7, 2007
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is expanding the federal aid available in the Florida tornado recovery. The initial declaration in the four declared counties limited the Public Assistance component to emergency protective measures and debris removal. Today, the declaration for the Public Assistance program was expanded to include permanent work categories for the counties of Lake, Sumter and Volusia.
February 6, 2007
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Ten specially-equipped vehicles tabbed Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (MDRCs) are now in central Florida, where they are playing a key role as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) helps state and local recovery from last week’s tornadoes.
February 6, 2007
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports the following assistance numbers for the Florida tornadoes, FEMA-1679-DR: As of 1 PM EST today:
February 5, 2007
News Release
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Florida are working together to help the state’s citizens recover from last week’s tornadoes. “The most important thing disaster victims can do right now is to register for help,” said Jesse Munoz, the official in charge of FEMA’s recovery effort. “You do that by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or, for the hearing- or speech-impaired, (TTY) 1-800-462-7585, or online at www.fema.gov.”

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