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2005-02-23 05:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Victims of Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne have just five days left to register for disaster recovery assistance, according to state and federal officials.

2005-02-22 05:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Eighty percent of Florida's 15 million residents live or work near the coast. Many others live near the state's rivers or other inland floodplains. That means most Florida residents face the dangers of flooding, according to recovery officials from the Florida State Emergency Response Team (SERT) and the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

2005-02-22 05:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided more than $495 million to reimburse for emergency measures, debris removal and repair and restore publicly-owned facilities damaged by the four hurricanes that struck Florida last year. FEMA obligated the money – $495,190,000 through Feb. 22, 2005 – to help the state, cities, counties, and certain non-profit organizations. The money is provided by FEMA and paid to the state, and is made available to applicants as their applications to the state are approved.

2005-02-21 05:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Officials from Florida’s State Emergency Response Team (SERT) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) need rental property owners in disaster-affected areas of the state to list available units on a housing resources Web site. The information will help disaster victims displaced by the hurricanes in their search for permanent housing.

2005-02-21 05:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Only one week remains for Floridians affected by the four hurricanes of 2004 to register for disaster assistance with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Anyone who suffered losses has until Monday, Feb. 28 to seek federal disaster assistance. The FEMA toll-free registration number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those who are speech- or hearing-impaired. Applicants can also register online at www.fema.gov.

2005-02-21 05:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) units, operated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT), will be open at the following locations from Monday, Feb. 21 through Saturday, Mar. 5, 2005: Duval County American Red Cross Bldg. 751 Riverside Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32203

2005-02-19 05:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Residents and business owners in the state of Florida, who sustained damage from 2004’s four hurricanes, have only eight days to apply for disaster assistance. Monday, Feb. 28 is the last day applications will be accepted, said officials from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “Time is running out,” said State Coordinating Officer Craig Fugate for Florida’s State Emergency Response Team (SERT). “We want to help people avoid an unnecessary hardship brought about by missing the registration deadline.”

2005-02-19 05:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Officials with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have begun the process in Florida to review the eligibility of occupants living in FEMA travel travelers and mobile homes.

2005-02-18 05:00 - News Release

ORLANDO, Fla.-- Individuals and small businesses impacted by Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan or Jeanne have 10 days to register for disaster assistance with the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "We want people to understand that Feb. 28 is the application deadline," said Craig Fugate, state coordinating officer for Florida 's State Emergency Response Team (SERT). "For individuals who have already applied, their cases will continue to be processed. We won't be accepting any new applications after the deadline."

2005-02-18 05:00 - News Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that it will begin providing Florida counties interim funding for eligible debris removal costs and emergency protective measures incurred in the immediate response to Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. The announcement means counties will be able to receive up to 50% of eligible emergency work estimates in advance of each individual reimbursement request being processed by the state and FEMA.