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 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 2, 2009
News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- People who suffered losses related to the storms, tornadoes and flooding in Dixie and Gilchrist counties are now able to apply for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This brings to 14 the number of Florida counties where federal-state disaster help has been offered to storm survivors. The 14 Individual Assistance counties are: Calhoun, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Lafayette, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Walton and Washington.
May 2, 2009
News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Five more Florida counties that sustained damages resulting from the March 26 storms, tornadoes and flooding have been designated to receive Public Assistance (PA), federal officials announced today, bringing to 16 the number of north Florida counties eligible to be considered for infrastructure recovery help. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) amended the April 21 major disaster declaration to add Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties for such assistance.
May 2, 2009
News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Four additional Florida Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will open at noon Saturday, May 2, in Calhoun, Holmes, Lafayette and Washington counties to serve homeowners, renters and businesses affected by severe storms that began March 26. This will bring to eight the number of DRCs assisting survivors of the 14 counties eligible for Individual Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  DRCs OPENING AT NOON SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2009:
May 1, 2009
News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inspectors are in the field visiting homes of FEMA applicants living in the 12 Florida counties eligible for federal disaster assistance. Homeowners and renters usually receive a call and property damage inspection within days of applying. 
April 30, 2009
News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Their boots were on the ground within hours of the Florida disaster declaration Tuesday. That's the way they work. In an effort to help people recover from the late March storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck north Florida, Community Relations specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) are in the field seeking to contact storm survivors throughout the area to assist in the recovery process.

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