Florida Severe Storms, Flooding, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds (DR-1831)

Incident period: March 26, 2009 to May 5, 2009
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 21, 2009

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 6, 2009
News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Don?t let half-truths and rumors cause you to miss out on federal disaster assistance available to Floridians devastated by severe storms and flooding since March 26. ?Here are some answers that should help clarify common misconceptions about disaster assistance:
May 6, 2009
News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- In just seven days, more than $1 million in federal disaster assistance has been sent to survivors who suffered losses related to the recent storms and flooding in north Florida, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials said today. This action followed a federal disaster declaration that now affects 14 Florida counties designated for individual assistance to people who had uninsured or underinsured losses related to the storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding following the violent weather that began on March 26.
May 6, 2009
News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of Florida will jointly open two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) at noon on Wednesday, May 6, in Dixie and Jackson counties to help Floridians recover from severe storms and flooding that began March 26. This will bring to 12 the number of DRCs open and serving storm survivors across north Florida. All 12 DRCs will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, including this Sunday, Mother's Day, until further notice.
May 5, 2009
News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Disaster assistance is as close as your telephone or computer, but federal-state assistance programs cannot begin for Floridians who survived the storms and flooding that began March 26 until they file a request with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "I want to clear up any confusion about the application process," said Doug Wright, deputy state coordinator for the disaster.
May 4, 2009
News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida's State Emergency Response Team (SERT) announced today that Hamilton and Madison counties are now eligible for Public Assistance (PA) to help them recover from severe storms that began March 26. There are now 18 north Florida counties eligible for PA in the wake of these storms.
May 4, 2009
News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In less than 72 hours from the time that a major Florida disaster for individual assistance was declared in north Florida, recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT)  generated a spate of action -- including sending $81,304 to survivors of the storms, tornadoes and flooding that started on March 26. And this, disaster recovery officials vowed, is just the very start.

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