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2005-03-30 05:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Approved disaster assistance for Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne has exceeded $4.82 billion in the State of Florida, and will climb higher as recovery efforts for the 2004 hurricanes proceed. Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security and head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to Florida during a town hall meeting in Port Charlotte on Monday. He stressed that FEMA will remain in Florida for as long as it takes to assist individuals in need.

2005-03-25 05:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As progress continues in the aftermath of the 2004 hurricane season, more Florida citizens living in temporary federal housing are moving back into their homes. However, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants those residents residing in emergency group sites (EGS) to know housing assistance remains available. “FEMA’s commitment to helping Floridians recover from these disasters remains unchanged, and providing housing assistance remains a priority,” said Bill Carwile, federal coordinating officer with FEMA.

2005-03-25 05:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The need for face-to-face disaster assistance to last year’s hurricane victims has declined rapidly, according to officials of the U. S. Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida’s State Emergency Response Team (SERT). FEMA and SERT have provided that service through Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) at locations throughout Florida since August 2004.

2005-03-25 05:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The need for face-to-face disaster assistance to last year’s hurricane victims has declined rapidly, according to officials of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida’s State Emergency Response Team (SERT). FEMA and SERT have provided that service through Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) at locations throughout Florida since August 2004.

2005-03-24 05:00 - News Release

» Florida Individual Assistance ORLANDO, Fla. -- Federal and state disaster assistance agencies are gaining ground with recovery efforts in the Sunshine State six months after Hurricane Jeanne - the last of the 2004 hurricanes - made landfall Sept. 25, 2004.

2005-03-22 05:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Two mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) units, operated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida’s State Emergency Response Team (SERT), will be open at the following locations beginning Monday, March 21: Santa Rosa County Santa Rosa County Health Dept. 5840 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf Breeze, FL 32561 (03/21/05 through 04/01/05) Monday, 03/21, noon to 6:00 p.m. Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

2005-03-22 05:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The unprecedented losses caused by last season’s hurricanes underscore the importance of rebuilding in safer and stronger ways. Mitigation is the term used to describe taking action to reduce loss of life and property from future hazards and it is a priority of the agencies that aid in disaster recovery, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Division of Emergency Management (DEM).

2005-03-21 05:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The number of 2004 hurricane victims still in need of assistance being offered at a federal/state Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is rapidly declining, according to the U.S. Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). During the past six months, federal and state disaster recovery officials have provided face-to-face assistance to storm victims at 73 fixed-site DRCs and 76 mobile DRC locations throughout Florida. Many DRCs have closed as individuals continue through the recovery process and their needs are being met.

2005-03-18 05:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Although the application period to apply for federal and state of Florida disaster assistance ended on Feb. 28, other deadlines are pending and important services continue to be available to individuals and communities affected by the four hurricanes of 2004. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Florida State Emergency Response Team (SERT), along with other disaster-related agencies and organizations, will continue to assist those affected by providing services and information.

2005-03-17 05:00 - News Release

» Florida Individual Assistance County Data ORLANDO, Fla. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) continue to scout sites to develop and place temporary housing for Floridians severely impacted by Hurricane Ivan.