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2005-05-13 04:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As a result of decreased volume and people’s continued recovery and focus on the upcoming hurricane season, the last three disaster recovery centers (DRCs) in the state will close at the end of the day today. “It’s a great sign of progress, that Floridians are moving ahead with their lives,” said Bill Carwile, federal coordinating officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), commenting on the closings and their important contributions to recovery.

2005-05-12 04:00 - News Release

» Florida Individual Assistance County Data ORLANDO, Fla. -- Federal aid in the form of Public Assistance grants to Florida governments and agencies has topped $1 billion as recovery efforts proceed following the 2004 hurricanes.

2005-05-09 04:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- To Margaret Criface, 76, of Wauchula, having Hurricanes Charley and Frances slam into her mobile home seemed enough to endure. But then Jeanne struck the final blow, turning her home into a pile of debris. Somehow, she had to find shelter. Criface applied for disaster assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She was delighted when a brand new travel trailer was set up next to the remains of her shattered mobile home. The trailer offered her a safe haven while she figured out the next steps to take.

2005-05-05 04:00 - News Release

» Florida Individual Assistance County Data ORLANDO, Fla. -- Federal and state of Florida programs are delivering assistance to citizens and public entities in the state, moving along the recovery from last season’s hurricanes.

2005-05-04 04:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As recovery progresses in the wake of the unprecedented 2004 hurricane season, and the need for face-to-face disaster assistance declines, more Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are closing. As a result of declining requests for assistance, the Pensacola DRC will close permanently at 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Friday, May 13.

2005-05-02 04:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Time is winding down for state agencies, local governments, and tribal and nonprofit organizations to apply for aid for disaster damage prevention in the wake of Hurricane Ivan. June 14 is the deadline to apply for federal grants to reduce the loss of lives and property in future events, according to officials from the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM). The original deadline for applications was April 15.

2005-04-28 04:00 - News Release

» Florida Individual Assistance County Data for Panhandle Counties ORLANDO, Fla. -- Nearly $1 billion in federal assistance has been approved for 16 hard-hit Panhandle counties as they continue to recover from Hurricane Ivan’s September onslaught. Aid amounting to $984 million has been earmarked to help the recovery from damages suffered when the category 4 hurricane slammed into Florida’s westernmost counties.

2005-04-27 04:00 - News Release

» Florida Individual Assistance County Data ORLANDO, Fla. -- Efforts to aid victims in making home repairs, and provide safe and sanitary housing for displaced individuals, continue eight months after four hurricanes descended on Florida last year.

2005-04-27 04:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- When FEMA Public Assistance Coordinator Manuel Knight walked on the Earl Gilbert Pier in Parker, Fla., he felt something was not quite right with the structure. The 5-foot storm surge from Hurricane Ivan had swept through this Gulf Coast city a few weeks earlier.

2005-04-22 04:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues one of the most extensive outreach programs in the agency’s history to address the needs of the state’s diverse and special needs populations. “We’ve made an unprecedented effort to eliminate any barriers to assistance for Florida’s diverse population,” said Bill Carwile, FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO). “We’re still working hard to accommodate any special needs that applicants may have.”