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Florida Hurricane Michael (DR-4399)

Incident Period: October 07, 2018 - October 19, 2018
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 11, 2018

Individual Assistance Applications
Approved: 26,778

Total Individual & Households Program
Dollars Approved: $109,259,343.79

Designated Counties (Individual Assistance):

Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla, Washington

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

$109,259,343.79

Total Individual & Households Program (IHP) - Dollars Approved*

$89,691,452.55

Total Housing Assistance (HA) - Dollars Approved*

$19,567,891.24

Total Other Needs Assistance (ONA) - Dollars Approved*

26,778

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved*

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

If and when public assistance obligated dollar information is available for this disaster, it will be displayed here. Information is updated every 24 hours.

* Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

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Official Disaster Declaration, DR-4399-FL Hurricane Michael

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice to the public of its intent to reimburse eligible applicants for eligible costs to repair or replace facilities damaged by Hurricane Michael beginning October 7, 2018 until October 19, 2018. This notice applies to the Public Assistance (PA), Individual Assistance (IA), and Hazard Mitigation Grant (HMGP) programs implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5207.

Under a major disaster declaration FEMA DR-4399-FL signed by the President on October 11, 2017, the following counties have been designated adversely affected by the disaster and eligible for IA: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Leon, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington.

 

The following counties have been designated as eligible for PA Categories A and B, including Direct Federal Assistance: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Leon, Madison, Suwanee, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington.

 

The following counties have been designated as eligible for PA Categories C-G, including Direct Federal Assistance: Bay, Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson and Liberty.

Additional counties may be designated at a later date without further public notice. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is available statewide.

This public notice concerns activities that may affect historic properties, activities that are located in or affect wetland areas or the 100-year floodplain, and critical actions within the 500-year floodplain. Such activities may adversely affect the historic property, floodplain or wetland, or may result in continuing vulnerability to flood damage.

Presidential Executive Orders 11988 and 11990 require that all federal actions in or affecting the floodplain or wetlands be reviewed for opportunities to relocate and are evaluated for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Where there is no opportunity to relocate, FEMA is required to undertake a detailed review to determine what measures may be taken to minimize future damages. The public is invited to participate in the process of identifying alternatives and analyzing their impacts.

FEMA has determined that for certain types of facilities there are normally no alternatives to restoration in the floodplain or wetland. These are facilities that meet all of the following criteria: 1) FEMA’s estimate of the cost of repairs is less than 50% of the cost to replace the entire facility and is less than $100,000; 2) the facility is not located in a floodway; 3) the facility has not sustained major structural damage in a previous Presidentially declared flooding disaster or emergency; and 4) the facility is not critical (i.e., the facility is not a hospital, generating plant, emergency operations center, or a facility that contains dangerous materials). FEMA intends to provide assistance for the restoration of these facilities to their pre-disaster condition, except where measures to mitigate the effect of future flooding or other hazards may be included in the statement of work. For example, a bridge or culvert restoration may include a larger waterway opening to decrease the risk of future washouts.

For routine activities, this will be the only public notice provided. Other activities, and those involving facilities that do not meet the four criteria, are required to undergo more detailed review, including study of alternate locations. Subsequent public notices regarding such projects will be published if necessary as more specific information becomes available.

In many cases, an applicant may have started facility restoration before federal involvement. Even if the facility must undergo detailed review and analysis of alternate locations, FEMA will fund eligible restoration at the original location if the facility is functionally dependent on its floodplain location (e.g., bridges and flood control facilities), or the project facilitates an open space use, or the facility is an integral part of a larger network that is impractical or uneconomical to relocate, such as a road. In such cases, FEMA must also examine the possible effects of not restoring the facility, minimizing floodplain or wetland impacts, and determining both that an overriding public need for the facility clearly outweighs the Executive Order requirements to avoid the floodplain or wetland, and that the site is the only practicable alternative. The State of Florida and local officials will confirm to FEMA that proposed actions comply with all applicable state and local floodplain management and wetland protection requirements.

FEMA intends to provide IA program funding for disaster-related emergency housing. These actions may adversely affect a floodplain or wetland, or may result in continuing vulnerability to floods. These actions may include repair, restoration, or construction of housing or private bridges, purchase and placement of travel trailers or manufactured housing units, or repair of structures as minimum protective measures. This will be the only public notice concerning these actions.

FEMA also intends to provide HMGP funding to the State of Florida to mitigate future disaster damages. These projects may include construction of new facilities, modification of existing, undamaged facilities, relocation of facilities out of floodplains, demolition of structures, or other types of projects to mitigate future disaster damages. In the course of developing project proposals, subsequent public notices will be published if necessary as more specific information becomes available.

The National Historic Preservation Act requires federal agencies to take into account the effect of their Undertakings on historic properties. Those actions or activities affecting buildings, structures, districts or objects 50 years or older or that affect archeological sites or undisturbed ground will require further review to determine if the property is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (Register). If the property is determined to be eligible for the Register and FEMA’s undertaking will adversely affect it, FEMA will provide additional public notices. For historic properties not adversely affected by FEMA’s undertaking, this will be the only public notice.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects the civil rights of persons with disabilities. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by the federal government, federal contractors, and by recipients of federal financial assistance. Any recipient or sub-recipient of federal funds is required to make their programs accessible to individuals with disabilities. Its protections apply to all programs and businesses that receive any federal funds. This applies to all elements of physical/architectural, programmatic and communication accessibility in all services and activities conducted by or funded by FEMA. FEMA intends to comply with the Rehabilitation Act in all federally conducted and assisted programs in alignment with the principles of whole community inclusion and universal accessibility.

As noted, this may be the only public notice regarding the above-described actions under the PA, IA, and HMGP programs. Interested persons may obtain information about these actions or a specific project by writing to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency – Region IV - EHP, 3003 Chamblee Tucker Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341-4112 or via email to FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please include in the subject line of the email, “DR-4399-FL EHAD”. Comments should be sent in writing at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice.

Apply for Disaster Assistance

Homeowners, renters and business owners who have uninsured and underinsured losses as a result of Hurricane Michael in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington counties may now apply for disaster assistance.

If you have a homeowner’s or flood insurance policy, file your insurance claim immediately before applying for disaster assistance. Get the process started quickly. The faster you file, the faster your recovery can begin.

If you cannot return to your home, or you are unable to live in your home because of disaster damage, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, or call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY) (Multilingual operators are available, press 2 for Spanish) to determine if state, voluntary, and local organizations are in your community to address your immediate needs.

The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET, seven days a week.

If you are in one of the designated counties, you will need the following to apply for assistance:

  • Social Security Number;
  • Daytime telephone number;
  • Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property; and
  • Insurance information, if available.

After registering with FEMA, a survivor may be contacted by a FEMA-contracted housing inspector to schedule an inspection to verify disaster-related damage. The inspection generally takes about 20-40 minutes. The inspector will want to see the damaged areas of the home and any damaged furniture and personal property. There is no fee for the inspection.

If the home was found to be inaccessible at the time of inspection, the applicant is required to let FEMA know when the home is accessible and request a new inspection. To update the status of an uninhabitable dwelling applicants should call the disaster assistance Helpline at 800-621-3362. Once the status of the home is updated and the survivor has requested a new inspection, a FEMA-contracted inspector will contact the applicant to schedule the inspection.

On the day of the inspection, applicants should ask the inspector to show a FEMA photo ID badge. If an inspector refuses to show FEMA photo identification, do not allow the inspection. Disasters often bring out scam artists who prey on the needs of disaster survivors.

  • Someone 18 years of age or older must be present during the inspection. The inspector will also ask to see:
  • Photo identification;
  • Proof of ownership/occupancy of damaged residence (tax bill, mortgage payment book, rental agreement or utility bill);
  • Insurance documents (homeowner’s or renter’s insurance and/or an auto insurance policy summary);
  • List of people living in the residence at the time of disaster; and
  • All disaster-related damages to both real and personal property.

Once the inspection process is complete, FEMA will review the case and send a letter to the applicant outlining a decision.

If an applicant is eligible for a disaster assistance, FEMA will send funds via check by mail or direct deposit into the survivor’s bank account. If a survivor receives money for rental assistance, the survivor must keep documentation and receipts of payments made and have a written landlord/tenant agreement for the time frame for which assistance is provided.

If an applicant is not eligible for disaster assistance, FEMA will send a letter explaining why the applicant was determined ineligible. The applicant should read this letter carefully. Many times ineligibility is due to FEMA not having important information, such as an insurance settlement letter, proof of ownership or proof of occupancy. Applicants have 60 days to appeal a FEMA decision. The appeal process is detailed in the letter.

After registering for disaster assistance, survivors may be asked to fill out a low-interest disaster loan application with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans for businesses and nonprofit organizations of all sizes, homeowners and renters. Completing a home loan application makes it possible to be considered for additional assistance. Applicants do not have to accept the loan if they qualify.

SBA applicants may apply online at DisasterLoan.sba.gov. Information about low-interest SBA disaster loans and application forms are available online at or by calling 800-659-2955 (TTY users call 800-877-8339) or via email to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov. Call SBA at 800-659-2955 to have an application mailed to you.

FEMA assistance may include help to pay for: temporary housing, emergency home repairs and rental assistance; medical, dental and funeral expenses; essential personal property; or miscellaneous immediate need items.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is unable to duplicate insurance payments. However, those without insurance or those who may be underinsured may still receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.

How to Replace Lost or Damaged Documents

Below is a list of some useful websites and telephone numbers:

SNAP Cards
Phone: 866-762-2237
Agents available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Green Cards

Phone: 800-375-5283

Birth Certificates and Death Certificates

Phone: 850-245-4444

Florida Driving Licenses

Phone: 850-617-3000

Bank Checks, ATM/Debit Cards or Safe Deposit Boxes

Phone: 877-275-3342

Credit Cards – Contact the appropriate issuing institution

Visa: 800-847-2911

MasterCard: 800-627-8372

Discover: 800-347-2683

American Express: 800-327-1267

Credit Reports: Equifax, Experian or TransUnion

Phone: 877-322-8228

Social Security Cards:

Phone: 800-772-1213

Fraud Alerts or a Credit Freeze: Both are free. But there are important differences between these two options:

• An extended fraud alert means that a business must verify your identity before it issues new credit. An extended fraud alert, lasting seven years, is available only to identity theft victims. To get an extended fraud alert, you’ll first need an Identity Theft Report, which you can create at IdentityTheft.gov.

• A freeze generally stops all access to your credit report, while a fraud alert permits creditors to get your report as long as they take steps to verify your identity. A freeze is available to anyone, whether or not you are a victim of identity theft. For more information, visit https://go.usa.gov/xPyWX.

Identity Theft Resource Center

Phone: 888-400-5530

Email: info@fightidentitytheft.com.

Medicare Cards

Phone: 800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778)
Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Passports

Phone: 877-487-2778

U.S. Savings Bonds

Phone: 844-284-2676 (toll-free)

Federal Tax Returns

Phone: 800-829-1040

Military Records

Phone: 866-272-6272

Insurance Documents

Phone: Check with your insurance agent.

Real Estate and Property Records (Mortgage Documents, Deeds, etc.)

Phone: Contact your agent.

Medical and Prescription Records: Call your doctor; medical and prescription records are tracked electronically.

Proof of Address/Residency: Contact your local utility company to obtain a recent bill.

National Archives Records

Phone: 866-272-6272

Please Note: FEMA does not endorse any specific products or services.

Rumors

Hurricane Michael Rumor Control Page

Operation Blue Roof

Homeowners in these 12 counties that sustained roof damage from Hurricane Michael may be eligible for temporary repairs under Operation Blue Roof: 

  • Bay
  • Calhoun
  • Franklin
  • Gadsden
  • Gulf
  • Holmes
  • Jackson
  • Leon
  • Liberty
  • Taylor
  • Wakulla
  • Washington

 

 

 

Disaster Recovery Centers

Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to help Florida residents through the disaster assistance process following Hurricane Michael.  

Representatives from the State of Florida, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are at the centers to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance. The centers are located at the following locations:

County

Location

Hours

Bay

 

Bay County Public Library

898 West 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401

Mon. to Sun.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Bay

 

John B. Gore Park

520 Beulah Avenue, Callaway, FL 32404

Mon. to Sun.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Calhoun

 

Sam Atkins Park

NW Silas Green Street, Blountstown, FL 32424

Mon. to Sun.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Franklin

Carrabelle Public Library

311 Saint James Avenue Carrabelle, FL 32327

Mon. to Sun.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Gadsden

 

Old Gretna Elementary School

706 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Gretna, FL 32332

Mon. to Sun.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Gulf

 

Port Saint Joe Library

110 Library Drive, Port Saint Joe, FL 32456

Mon. to Sun.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Gulf

 

Wewahitchka Town Hall

211 Florida 71

Wewahitchka, FL 32465

Mon. to Sun.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Holmes

Holmes County Agricultural Center

1173 E Hwy 90, Bonifay, FL 32425

8 a.m. noon.

Jackson

 

University Extension Office

2741 Penn Avenue, Marianna, FL 32448

Mon. to Sun.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Leon

 

LeRoy Collins Main Library

200 W. Park Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Mon. to Sun.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Liberty

 

Veterans Memorial Park

10405 NW Theo Jacobs Way, Bristol, FL 32321

Mon. to Sun.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wakulla

 

Community One Stop

  318 Shadeville Hwy., Crawfordville, FL

  32327

Mon. to Sun.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Washington

 

Washington County AG Center

1424 W. Jackson Avenue, Chipley, FL 32428

Mon. to Sun.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

NOTE: The State of Florida and FEMA have Mobile Registration Intake Centers (MRICs) serving survivors. In-person help is available from FEMA, Small Business Administration (SBA), and State Disaster Case Managers. These centers are temporary locations and open daily from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. local time until further notice.

An up-to-date list state resources, including DSNAP locations, is available here.

A map of MRICs is available here.

What To Expect After Registering For Assistance

After registering for disaster assistance, a survivor may be contacted by a housing inspector to schedule an inspection. The inspection generally takes about 20-40 minutes. The inspector will want to see the damaged areas of the home and any damaged furniture and personal property. There is no fee for the inspection.

Housing inspectors always wear a FEMA badge and will not ask you for your unique 9-digit registration number. They will already have it on file.

If the home was found to be inaccessible at the time of inspection, the applicant is required to let FEMA know when the home is accessible and request a new inspection. To update the status of an uninhabitable dwelling, applicants should call the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362.

Someone 18 years of age or older must be present during the inspection. The inspector will also ask to see:  If you receive an SBA loan application, complete it.Completing the application is a necessary step to be considered for other forms of disaster assistancee. You don't have to accept the loan.

  • Photo identification;
  • Proof of ownership/occupancy of damaged residence (tax bill, mortgage payment book, rental agreement or utility bill);
  • Insurance documents (homeowner’s or renter’s insurance and/or an auto insurance policy summary);
  • List of people living in the residence at the time of disaster; and
  • All disaster-related damages to both real and personal property.

Once the inspection process is complete, FEMA will review the case and send a letter to the applicant outlining a decision.

If an applicant is eligible for FEMA assistance, FEMA will send funds via check by mail or direct deposit into the survivor’s bank account. If a survivor receives money for rental assistance, the survivor must keep documentation and receipts of payments made and have a written landlord/tenant agreement for the time frame for which assistance is provided.

If an applicant is not eligible for FEMA assistance, FEMA will send a letter explaining why the applicant was determined ineligible. The applicant should read this letter carefully. Many times ineligibility is due to FEMA not having important information, such as an insurance settlement letter, proof of ownership or proof of occupancy. Applicants have 60 days to appeal a FEMA decision. The appeal process is detailed in the letter.

Cleaning Up After a Disaster

 refrigerator, washer/dryer, air conditioner, stove, water heater, dishwasher. (Do not leave doors unsealed or unsecured.)Hazardous waste: oil, battery, pesticide, paint, cleaning supplies, compressed gas.Vegetative debris: tree branches, leaves, logs, plants.Construction debris: building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, plumbing.Household garbage: bagged garbage, discarded food, paper, packaging.Published with permission of the Tuscaloosa News.

Below are a few simple guidelines to follow that will make the clean-up and salvage process safer and easier:

Returning Home

  • Always wear protective clothing including long-sleeved shirts, long pants, rubber or plastic gloves and waterproof boots or shoes.
  • Before entering your home, look outside for damaged power lines, gas lines and other exterior damage.
  • Take photos of your damage before you begin clean up and save repair receipts.
  • Your home may be contaminated with mold, which raises the health risk for those with asthma, allergies and breathing conditions.
  • Open doors and windows so your house can air out before spending any length of time inside.
  • Turn off main electrical power and water systems and don’t use gas appliances until a professional can ensure they are safe.
  • Check all ceilings and floors for signs of sagging or other potentially dangerous structural damage.
  • Throw out all foods, beverages and medicines exposed to flood waters or mud including canned goods and containers with food or liquid.
  • Also, throw out any items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected (mattresses, carpeting, stuffed animals, etc.).
  • Beware of snakes, insects, and other animals that may be on your property or in your home.

 

Mitigation Locations

 

As Floridians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by Hurricane Michael, FEMA and home improvement stores in Gulf and Jackson counties are teaming up to provide free information and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

FEMA specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer home-improvement guidance with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters. Most of the information and the free publications are tailored for do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

Advisors will be available at the following stores:

 

County

Location

Dates

Hours

Gulf County

Ace Hardware Port St. Joe

201 Williams Ave.

Port St. Joe, FL 32456

Nov.15-16

Nov. 17

Closed Sunday

Nov.19-20

8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST

 

8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST

 

Jackson County

Lowes Home Improvement Center

4860 Mallory Plaza

Marianna, FL 32448

 

 

Nov.15-19

Nov. 20

 

8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. CST

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST

 

 

 

Find more information about strengthening property at fema.gov/protect-your-property.

 

FEMA Mitigation representatives are conducting Community Education Outreach events in the coming weeks.

2018 Old Tyme Farm Days
Nov. 23 and 24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
3076 95th Drive
Live Oak, FL 32060

Christmas in Panacea
Dec. 1, 4 to 8 p.m.
Woolley Park
48 Mount Street
Panacea, FL 32346

Accesible Information Videos, Available in American SIgn Language and Foreign Languages

 

How to Help

  • When disaster strikes, every little bit helps. To make the most of your contributions, please follow our guidelines to learn the most effective and safest ways to donate cash, goods, or time following a disaster.  How to help after a disaster. The best way to help is with cash donations to trusted organizations. · Cash is efficient, flexible to use, and requires no packaging or transport. · Trusted organizations will ensure your money goes to help those in need.FEMA does not transport donations, please work with a trusted organization.
  • Cash is best. Financial contributions to recognized disaster relief organizations are the fastest, most flexible, and most effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through area businesses which supports economic recovery.
  • Confirm donations needed. Critical needs change rapidly – confirm needed items BEFORE collecting; pack and label carefully; confirm delivery locations; arrange transportation. Unsolicited goods NOT needed burden local organizations’ ability to meet survivors’ confirmed needs, drawing away valuable volunteer labor, transportation, and warehouse space.
  • Connect to volunteer. Trusted organizations operating in the affected area know where volunteers are needed, and can ensure appropriate volunteer safety, training, and housing.
  • Learn more about National Voluntry Organizations Active in a Disaster by visiting www.nvoad.org/.

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Last Updated: 2018-10-23 04:00