ORLANDO, Fla. -- Florida policyholders of the National Flood Insurance Program received more than $860 million in payments for Hurricane Ivan claims since the storm crashed ashore, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. For nearly 10,000 claims paid, the total disbursements under Ivan amount to more than those paid for any other Florida disaster in the program’s history. Nationwide, only policyholders who made flood claims for Hurricane Katrina received more money.
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mitigation is the practice of preparing for disasters before they happen by using disaster-resistant building techniques or any other sustained methods designed to reduce or eliminate long-term risks to life and property. Studies show that every $1 spent on mitigation can save up to $4 in costs related to disaster recovery. One simple but extremely effective mitigation measure is the installation of storm shutters or wind barriers. When properly installed, these devices can protect homes, businesses and vital public facilities – and, in the process, human lives.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Manatee County is installing state-of-the-art hurricane shutters on facilities responsible for treating and testing the county’s water supply. The city of Leesburg, in Lake County, is placing windproof hurricane barriers on four of its public buildings to protect first responders, city employees and vital equipment from the dangers of flying glass and debris.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- In less than one year since Hurricane Wilma struck South Florida, more than $1 billion in federal Public Assistance funds has been dispersed throughout communities affected by that storm, officials from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida's State Emergency Response Team (SERT) announced today.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Volunteers have proven indispensable in past disaster response and recovery efforts in Florida, and officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida’s State Emergency Response Team (SERT) are urging Floridians to consider how and where they might be of service this year – before a hurricane strikes.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- As Floridians prepare themselves and their families for another hurricane season, government and nonprofit officials are urging them also to prepare to help others if a storm should strike the state.
ORLANDO, Fla. – Monday will mark one year since Hurricane Dennis struck Florida’s panhandle and offered a prelude to what would become the most active hurricane season in history. Dennis’ destruction gave a glimpse of the additional challenges that would later face Floridians and other Gulf Coast residents due to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Disaster recovery officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Florida Long-Term Recovery Office and Florida's State Emergency Response Team (SERT) urge you to have a disaster plan for your pets in preparation for the new hurricane season. "The destructive hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 underscored the importance of accounting for animal needs during major disasters," said Scott Morris, FEMA director for Florida Long-Term Recovery. With hurricane season upon us, your pets need to be included in your family emergency plan.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- In preparation for the upcoming hurricane season, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida's State Emergency Response Team (SERT) urge residents to take steps to make their homes safer. Getting a home disaster-ready is a key component for a faster recovery from a hurricane or other disaster.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- With the 2006 hurricane season less than one month away, every family should be prepared to face another season of dangerous and destructive storms. Every home should have a Disaster Supply Kit. The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida's State Emergency Response Team (SERT) urge all Floridians to act now to assemble their family's emergency supplies before the start of the new hurricane season.