Florida Severe Storms, Flooding, Tornadoes, and Straight-line Winds (DR-1840)

Incident period: May 17, 2009 to May 28, 2009
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 27, 2009

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 11, 2009
News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Volusia County residents who are not U.S. citizens, but who are in the United States legally, may be eligible for disaster aid, according to state and federal officials. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or qualified aliens to receive FEMA disaster grants. Their legal status will not be jeopardized by applying for assistance. Qualified aliens include:
June 11, 2009
News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Recovery officials are urging Volusia County residents with disaster-related damage to visit one of the two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) currently operating in Volusia County this weekend. To date more than 3,000 homeowners, renters and business owners have visited the centers to talk face-to-face with a wide range of on-site specialists about recovery needs.
June 6, 2009
News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Don't let the word "business" in the name U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) mislead you. For some homeowners, renters and businesses, low- interest disaster loans from the SBA may be the primary source of funds for recovery, so those who receive SBA loan applications should complete and return them as soon as possible.
June 5, 2009
News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Volusia County residents who have applied for federal disaster assistance should not despair if the first response they receive from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a letter disallowing the application. A denial letter does not necessarily mean an applicant cannot receive state-federal assistance. It may simply mean FEMA did not receive all the information the agency is required by law to have before providing financial aid using public funds. In that case, an appeal that supplies the missing information may be successful.
June 4, 2009
News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of Florida have announced the expansion of federal disaster assistance to five eastern and northern Florida counties for Public Assistance. This aid will pay for eligible emergency services and to repair or replace public facilities that were damaged by mid- May's severe storms, flooding, tornadoes and straight-line winds.
June 3, 2009
News Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Hurricane Season began Monday, June 1 and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would like to remind Florida residents that anyone who lives in a community that participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) can purchase flood insurance, even if their property is not in a flood plain or area at high risk for flooding.

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