Collection: Florida's 2004 Hurricane Recovery

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Videos documenting Florida's response and recovery efforts following the historic 2004 hurricane season.
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September 20, 2013
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  • Five years later, Florida emergency managers remember a defining moment in their careers: Hurricane Charley's strike on the Sunshine State in August 2004.

    From The Front Lines: Remembering Hurricane Charley

    Video by Greig Powers
    Five years later, Florida emergency managers remember a defining moment in their careers: Hurricane Charley's strike on the Sunshine State in August 2004.
  • Volusia County Fire Services is a great example of the statewide effort to use FEMA funds to make Florida's public agencies more able to face a future disaster. Some of the record funds triggered by the 2004 hurricane season were used to install storm shutters, windscreens or hardened bay doors at nearly 100 fire stations in Central Florida.

    More Protected: Volusia County Fire Services

    Video by Greig Powers
    Volusia County Fire Services is a great example of the statewide effort to use FEMA funds to make Florida's public agencies more able to face a future disaster. Some of the record funds triggered by the 2004 hurricane season were used to install storm shutters, windscreens or hardened bay doors at nearly 100 fire stations in Central Florida.
  • Hurricane Charley destroyed or severely damaged 40 percent of Charlotte County's public schools in 2004. During the rebuilding effort, school officials along with FEMA and state recovery managers committed to rebuilding stronger. The team also worked together to better protect schools that weren't badly damaged. All this means Charlotte County will avoid or reduce damage should disaster strike in the future.

    Fortified: Charlotte Co. Public Schools

    Video by Greig Powers
    Hurricane Charley destroyed or severely damaged 40 percent of Charlotte County's public schools in 2004. During the rebuilding effort, school officials along with FEMA and state recovery managers committed to rebuilding stronger. The team also worked together to better protect schools that weren't badly damaged. All this means Charlotte County will avoid or reduce damage should disaster strike in the future.
  • FEMA Adminsitrator Craig Fugate marks the 5-year anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Charley, the first of four hurricanes to strike Florida in 2004.

    Administrator Fugate marks the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Charley

    Video by Aaron Skolnik
    FEMA Adminsitrator Craig Fugate marks the 5-year anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Charley, the first of four hurricanes to strike Florida in 2004.
  • A Florida nonprofit, working with the State of Florida, launched a one-of-a-kind program following Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Rebuild Northwest Florida uses FEMA funds to harden the homes of families and individuals. Storm shutters, hurricane straps, and other protective measures are installed so homes are able to withstand the force of a Category 3 hurricane.

    Stronger: Panhandle Homes Hardened Against High Winds

    Video by Greig Powers
    A Florida nonprofit, working with the State of Florida, launched a one-of-a-kind program following Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Rebuild Northwest Florida uses FEMA funds to harden the homes of families and individuals. Storm shutters, hurricane straps, and other protective measures are installed so homes are able to withstand the force of a Category 3 hurricane.
  • September 2009 marks five years since Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne struck Florida within three weeks of each other. Emergency managers reflect on their responses to the storms.

    From the Front Lines: Hurricanes Frances & Jeanne

    Video by Greig Powers
    September 2009 marks five years since Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne struck Florida within three weeks of each other. Emergency managers reflect on their responses to the storms.
  • September 16, 2009 marks five years since Hurricane Ivan devastated the Florida Panhandle. Emergency Managers reflect on their response to the storm.

    From the Front Lines: Remembering Ivan

    Video by Greig Powers
    September 16, 2009 marks five years since Hurricane Ivan devastated the Florida Panhandle. Emergency Managers reflect on their response to the storm.
  • Five years ago, Floridians faced four brutal hurricanes in 44 days. Today, emergency managers reflect on the incredible progress made over the last five years by the people and their local, state and federal government. As a result of our strong partnership, Florida will be better able to withstand future disasters.

    From the Front Lines: The 2004 Hurricanes

    Video by Greig Powers
    Five years ago, Floridians faced four brutal hurricanes in 44 days. Today, emergency managers reflect on the incredible progress made over the last five years by the people and their local, state and federal government. As a result of our strong partnership, Florida will be better able to withstand future disasters.
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