ORLANDO, Fla. -- A child hunkers down in a closet until the winds subside. Another returns from a shelter and surveys the damage left in wake of the hurricane, looking misty eyed as he listens to his mother explain that they’ll have to move. Trauma counselors know that there is no better way to help Florida’s children heal from the trauma of hurricanes than by talking through their stormy experiences and engaging in structured play – lots of it.
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Following the devastation of the 2004 hurricane season, more than $320 million has been set aside to date for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) offered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by the state. This is a record amount of federal funding for such projects in the history of the State of Florida. FEMA has received more than 800 applications for the HMGP in Florida—another record.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The function of housewrap and the importance of roof-to-wall and deck-to-wall flashing are among many topics covered in the “Home Builders Guide to Coastal Construction,” a series of technical fact sheets that will be available soon in libraries throughout the state. Florida building officials are also receiving the information.
» Florida Individual Assistance County DataORLANDO, Fla. -- With the 2005 hurricane season now in its third week and the first named storm – Arlene – in the past, Florida continues its long-term recovery from last year’s four unprecedented hurricanes.Federal disaster assistance to Florida to date totals more than $5.3 billion, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported today, in releasing county-by-county data for its Individual Assistance and Public Assistance programs.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Working in cooperation with the State of Florida, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) used technological innovations to help meet some of the challenges brought by the historic 2004 hurricane season. Improvements included the introduction of online registration capability, as well as the creation of three new Web sites.
/*-->*/ /*-->*/ 4 The 2004 hurricanes – Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne – are the largest disaster in FEMA history. The Sunshine State became the first state since Texas in 1886 to be struck by four hurricanes in a single year.
» Florida Individual Assistance County Data (42KB)» Florida Hurricane Disasters Total Public AssistanceORLANDO, Fla. -- As Florida and the Gulf Coast states brace for Arlene, this year’s first named storm, and look back 10 months after Hurricane Charley, the long-term recovery continues for the unprecedented four hurricanes of 2004 that impacted Florida.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- As the 2005 hurricane season officially gets under way, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Florida Division of Emergency Management today announced a joint Long-Term Recovery Office in Orlando that will remain focused on those affected by the 2004 hurricane season.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Adults expect children to react in a variety of ways after a disaster. What they don’t expect is a whole classroom bursting into tears at the mere sound of rain or a group of puppets called “Heroes of the Storm” coming to their rescue. The 20-minute puppet show was developed by Project HOPE (Helping Our People in Emergencies), a statewide program that offers post-disaster crisis counseling, community outreach, public education, and referral services.
» Florida Individual Assistance County Data (42KB)» Florida Hurricane Disasters Total Public Assistance ORLANDO, Fla. -- As Florida prepares for the June 1 start of a new hurricane season, there are measurable signs of recovery from last year’s disasters.