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2014 Spring Flood

Information updates concerning the 2014 Spring Floods.

Assistance for Residents and Businesses Affected by 2014 Spring Floods

Floridians within the following counties affected by 2014 Spring Floods are eligible to receive federal disaster funds and emergency resources to help them on their paths to recovery:

County Individual Assistance Public Assistance Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Escambia Declared Declared Eligible Eligible
Santa Rosa Declared Declared Eligible Eligible
Okaloosa Declared Declared Eligible  
Walton Declared Declared    
Jackson Declared Declared    
Gilchrist Request      
Talyor Request      
Bay   Declared    
Calhoun   Declared    
Dixie   Request    
Holmes   Declared    
Suwannee   Request    
Washington   Declared    
Total 7
11 3 2

 

Residents and business owners who sustained

losses in the designated counties can apply for

assistance starting by registering online at --


http://www.disasterassistance.gov

http://m.fema.gov


by tablet or smartphone using the FEMA app

or by calling --


1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or

1-800-462-7585 (TTY)
for the hearing and speech impaired

The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 AM to 10 PM (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Individuals should register using DR-4177.

Beginning Monday, May 19, the local disaster recovery centers for Okaloosa and Walton counties are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. The centers are located at:

Okaloosa County Disaster Recovery Center
Senior Centerview Parks & Recreation
205 Stillwell Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536

Walton County Disaster Recovery Center
Community Church of Santa Rosa
3524 US 98
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Small businesses in the declared counties with 2-100 employees may complete an application for the Small Business Emergency Loan Bridge program, or for more information on the program, visit http://www.floridadisasterloan.org.

For questions regarding local administration of the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network State Office at (850) 473-7800 or toll-free at (866) 737-7232.

06/13/14 - Federal Public Assistance Approved For Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, And Calhoun Counties

~ Infrastructure Repairs in Nine Affected Counties Now Eligible for Reimbursement~

2014 Spring FloodsFederal Public Assistance has been designated for five additional Florida counties affected by recent spring flooding. Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson and Calhoun counties are now eligible to receive assistance to aid in repairing damage to public infrastructure.

The announcement follows the request for Public Assistance that was issued on Wednesday, June 11.  Dixie and Suwannee counties were also included in the same request and are still awaiting determination.

Public Assistance was previously designated on May 14, for Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the those counties can continue applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

Federal Public Assistance Approved For Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, And Calhoun Counties

06/06/14 - Individual Assistance Requested For Gilchrist And Taylor Counties To Aid In Recovery From Spring Flooding

2014 Spring FloodsA request was made on Friday, June 6, seeking federal Individual Assistance for Gilchrist and Taylor. This Individual Assistance, if approved, will aid in recovery from the recent flooding in the Florida Panhandle.

Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties were designated for Individual Assistance on May 6. Walton and Okaloosa counties were designated on May 12. Jackson County was designated for Individual Assistance on May 21. Residents in the declared counties have been assisted by Disaster Recovery Centers that opened in their communities. A Recovery Intake Center opened in Jackson County to assist residents, and will be closing on Saturday June 7.

Individual Assistance Requested For Gilchrist And Taylor Counties To Aid In Recovery From Spring Flooding

06/11/14 - Public Assistance Requested To Aid Seven Additional Florida Counties In Recovery From Spring Flooding

~Bay, Calhoun, Dixie, Holmes, Jackson, Suwannee, and Washington Counties Requested~

2014 Spring FloodsA request was made on Wednesday, June 11, seeking federal Public Assistance for Bay, Calhoun, Dixie, Holmes, Jackson, Suwannee, and Washington counties. This Public Assistance, if approved, will aid in repairing damage to public infrastructure resulting from the recent flooding in the Florida Panhandle.

Public assistance was previously designated on May 14, for Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties Public Assistance provides grant assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures. Costs for repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly-owned facilities can also be covered under Public Assistance.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the those counties can continue applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

Public Assistance Requested To Aid Seven Additional Florida Counties In Recovery From Spring Flooding

06/06/14 - Individual Assistance Requested For Gilchrist And Taylor Counties To Aid In Recovery From Spring Flooding

2014 Spring FloodsA request was made on Friday, June 6, seeking federal Individual Assistance for Gilchrist and Taylor. This Individual Assistance, if approved, will aid in recovery from the recent flooding in the Florida Panhandle.

Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties were designated for Individual Assistance on May 6. Walton and Okaloosa counties were designated on May 12. Jackson County was designated for Individual Assistance on May 21. Residents in the declared counties have been assisted by Disaster Recovery Centers that opened in their communities. A Recovery Intake Center opened in Jackson County to assist residents, and will be closing on Saturday June 7.

Individual Assistance Requested For Gilchrist And Taylor Counties To Aid In Recovery From Spring Flooding

05/21/14 - Disaster Recovery Centers Now Open In Okaloosa And Walton Counties

2014 Spring FloodsPersons in Okaloosa and Walton counties who were affected by recent heavy rains and the resulting spring flooding can now visit local disaster recovery centers to register for federal assistance. The disaster recovery centers will be open until 5 p.m. today, Saturday, May 17, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday May 18.

Beginning Monday, May 19, the centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.  The centers are located at:

Okaloosa County Disaster Recovery Center
Senior Centerview Parks & Recreation
205 Stillwell Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536

Walton County Disaster Recovery Center
Community Church of Santa Rosa
3524 US 98
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Before going to a center, if possible, affected residents should register with FEMA.  Apply for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov, via Smartphone at m.fema.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362.  Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability can call (TTY) 800-462-7585.

Disaster Recovery Centers Now Open In Okaloosa And Walton Counties

05/20/14 - Individual Assistance Requested For Jackson County To Aid In Recovery From Spring Flooding

2014 Spring FloodsA request was made on Tuesday, May 20, seeking federal Individual Assistance for Jackson County. This Individual Assistance, if approved, will aid in recovery from the recent flooding in the Florida Panhandle.

Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties were designated for Individual Assistance on May 6. Walton and Okaloosa counties were designated on May 13. Residents in the declared counties are being assisted by Disaster Recovery Centers that opened in their communities.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at

http://www.disasterassistance.gov


or by web enabled mobile device

at http://m.fema.gov


or by calling --


1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or

1-800-462-7585 (TTY)
for the

hearing and speech impaired.

The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Individuals should register using DR-4177.

Individual Assistance Requested For Jackson County To Aid In Recovery From Spring Flooding

05/21/14 - Jackson County Receives Individual Assistance For Spring Flooding

~Floridians in Five Counties Now Eligible for Federal Aid~

2014 Spring FloodsGovernor Rick Scott announced today that federal assistance has been designated for Jackson County. The designation provides Individual Assistance to individuals and families who were affected by recent severe storms and flooding.

Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties were designated for Individual Assistance on May 6. Walton and Okaloosa counties were designated on May 12. Residents in the declared counties are being assisted by Disaster Recovery Centers that opened in their communities.

Residents in Jackson County can expect Disaster Recovery Centers to open in their community in the coming days.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at

http://www.disasterassistance.gov


or by web enabled mobile device

at http://m.fema.gov


or by calling --


1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or

1-800-462-7585 (TTY)
for the

hearing and speech impaired.

The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Individuals should register using DR-4177.

Jackson County Receives Individual Assistance For Spring Flooding

05/17/14 - Disaster Recovery Centers Now Open In Okaloosa And Walton Counties

2014 Spring FloodsPersons in Okaloosa and Walton counties who were affected by recent heavy rains and the resulting spring flooding can now visit local disaster recovery centers to register for federal assistance.

The disaster recovery centers will be open until 5 p.m. today, Saturday, May 17, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday May 18.

Beginning Monday, May 19, the centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.  The centers are located at:

Okaloosa County Disaster Recovery Center
Senior Centerview Parks & Recreation
205 Stillwell Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536

Walton County Disaster Recovery Center
Community Church of Santa Rosa
3524 US 98
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Before going to a center, if possible, affected residents should register with FEMA.  Apply for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov, via Smartphone at m.fema.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362.  Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability can call (TTY) 800-462-7585.

Disaster Recovery Centers Now Open In Okaloosa And Walton Counties

05/14/13 - Federal Public Assistance Approved For Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties

2014 Spring FloodsGovernor Rick Scott announced today that federal Public Assistance has been granted for Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties.  Public Assistance funding will aid these local governments in rebuilding infrastructure after severe storms and flooding impacted their Florida communities.

Governor Scott requested Public Assistance funding for all four counties on May 8.

“Whereas Individual Assistance benefits the survivors of a disaster who have suffered losses to personal property, Public Assistance is directed toward specified counties to repair damaged public infrastructure,” said State Coordinating Officer Bryan W. Koon. “The State is reaching out to local governments who may be eligible for Public Assistance. Persons seeking Indivdual Assistance should contact their local Disaster Recovery Center.”

Federal Public Assistance Approved For Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties

05/13/14 - Okaloosa And Walton Counties Receive Individual Assistance For Spring Flooding

~Individual Assistance Now Available in Four Florida Counties~

2014 Spring FloodsGovernor Rick Scott announced yesterday that federal assistance has been granted to two additional counties impacted by the severe storms and flooding. The declaration provides Individual Assistance to individuals and families in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Escambia and Santa Rosa counties were granted Individual Assistance on May 6.

“This assistance will continue to help those in the impacted counties work to rebuild and return to their normal lives,” said State Coordinating Officer Bryan W. Koon. “Anyone who experienced damage as a result of this storm should register with FEMA for assistance.”

Residents in the declared counties can expect Disaster Recovery Centers to open in their community in the coming days. Disaster Recovery Centers are temporary facilities located in or near the impacted area where survivors can go to obtain disaster related information. Centers are staffed with specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and a variety of disaster-recovery representatives from local and voluntary agencies.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at

http://www.disasterassistance.gov


or by web enabled mobile device

at http://m.fema.gov


or by calling --


1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or

1-800-462-7585 (TTY)
for the

hearing and speech impaired.

The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Individuals should register using DR-4177.

Okaloosa And Walton Counties Receive Individual Assistance For Spring Flooding

05/12/14 - State Emergency Response Team Update On Spring Flooding

Situation Report No. 8 for May 12, 2014

05/10/14 - Individual Assistance Requested For Okaloosa And Walton Counties To Aid In Recovery From Spring Flooding

2014 Spring FloodsA request was made on Friday, May 9, seeking federal Individual Assistance for Okaloosa and Walton Counties. This Individual Assistance, if approved for these additional counties, will aid in recovery from the recent flooding in the Florida Panhandle.

Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties were granted Individual Assistance on May 6. Residents in the declared counties can expect Disaster Recovery Centers to open in their community in the coming days. Disaster Recovery Centers are temporary facilities located in or near the impacted area where survivors can go to obtain disaster related information. Centers are staffed with specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the State Emergency Response Team (SERT), the U.S. Small Busines00s Administration (SBA) and a variety of disaster-recovery representatives from local and voluntary agencies.

Individual Assistance Requested For Okaloosa And Walton Counties To Aid In Recovery From Spring Flooding

05/09/14 - State Emergency Response Team Update On Spring Flooding

Situation Report No. 7 for May 9, 2014

05/09/14 - Governor Scott Requests Federal Declaration Be Extended To Include Public Assistance Funding

2014 Spring FloodsOn Thursday, May 8, Governor Rick Scott requested federal Public Assistance for Florida counties, in addition to the Individual Assistance that was granted to Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Public Assistance funding will aid local governments in rebuilding infrastructure after the severe storms and flooding that impacted Florida communities. Governor Scott requested Public Assistance funding be granted for Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties.

“Public Assistance, if granted, will assist communities in re-building damaged infrastructure, and will help the survivors in those communities return to normal,” said State Coordinating Officer, Bryan W. Koon.

Public Assistance provides grant assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures. Costs for repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly-owned facilities can also be covered under Public Assistance.

Public Assistance from the federal declaration comes in conjunction with the earlier approval of Individual Assistance for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the those counties can continue applying for assistance starting today by registering online at

http://www.disasterassistance.gov


or by web enabled mobile device

at http://m.fema.gov


or by calling --


1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or

1-800-462-7585 (TTY)
for the

hearing and speech impaired.

For additional information about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.

To learn more about counties affected, visit the 2014 Spring Flood webpage.

Governor Scott Requests Federal Declaration Be Extended To Include Public Assistance Funding

05/06/14 - Florida Counties Receive Federal Disaster Declaration For Spring Flooding

2014 Spring FloodsGovernor Rick Scott announced Tuesday, May 6th, that the State of Florida received a Presidential Declaration to provide federal assistance to counties impacted by the severe storms and flooding April 28 May 6, 2014. The declaration for Individual Assistance provides federal assistance to individuals and families who were affected in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

“The declaration for federal assistance in these counties will help Floridians as they begin to recover and rebuild,” said State Coordinating Officer Bryan W. Koon. “As more damage assessments are finalized we will work to expand the declaration request so that all Florida’s communities impacted by this storm are provided assistance.”

Residents in the declared counties can expect Disaster Recovery Centers to open in their community in the coming days. Disaster Recovery Centers are temporary facilities located in or near the impacted area where survivors can go to obtain disaster related information. Centers are staffed with specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the State Emergency Response Team (SERT), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and a variety of disaster-recovery representatives from local and voluntary agencies.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance starting today by registering online at

http://www.disasterassistance.gov


or by web enabled mobile device

at http://m.fema.gov


by tablet or smartphone using the

FEMA app

or by calling --


1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or

1-800-462-7585 (TTY)
for the

hearing and speech impaired.

The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Individuals should register using DR-4177.

For additional information about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.

To learn more about counties affected, visit the 2014 Spring Flood webpage.

Florida Counties Receive Federal Disaster Declaration For Spring Flooding

05/08/14 - Health Officials Urge Floridians To Use Caution And Practice Safety During Clean-Up From Spring Flood
  • Clean up debris to avoid injury, contamination
  • Receive proper wound care, Tetanus vaccine where appropriate for cuts, lacerations
  • Avoid heat exhaustion, dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water

Health Officials and the State Emergency Response Team urge Floridians to practice safety tips when cleaning in and around their homes. Residents and others working to clean up debris left by recent flooding in Florida’s Panhandle could be at risk of sustaining injuries, and as the warming trend continues could experience heat stress. It is important for all persons involved in clean up to know who may need a tetanus vaccination, and the best ways to avoid heat stress when working outside or in non-air-conditioned buildings.

Exposure to mold, mosquitoes, water-borne illness, heat exhaustion and dehydration are some of the health risks people may experience,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “It is important for everyone to take steps to keep themselves and their family healthy and safe during this time.”

Health Officials Urge Floridians To Use Caution And Practice Safety During Clean-Up From Spring Flood

05/06/14 - State Emergency Response Team Update On Spring Flooding

2014 Spring Flood image“Residents and business owners who experienced damage do not need to wait to learn if federal assistance is available to begin clean-up efforts, but should be sure to document damages and keep repair receipts,” said State Coordinating Officer, Bryan W. Koon.  

For complete update please see report.

Other important information:

Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments Survey Damage From Flooding Incident In Panhandle

Health Officials Urge Panhandle Residents To Take Caution Around Flood Waters

Health Officials Warn Floridians Of Health Dangers Posed By Mold In Water-Damaged Buildings

For local details, contact your county emergency management agency.

For additional information about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.

State Emergency Response Team Update On Spring Flooding

05/06/14 - Health Officials Remind Floridians In Flooded Areas Of Potential For Mosquito Activity

~ Take Simple Steps to “Drain and Cover” ~

mosquito imageFlorida Health Officials, along with the State Emergency Response Team, remind Floridians to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to take basic precautions to limit exposure when performing home cleanup following the recent flooding in the Florida Panhandle.

“Residents are urged to take precautions against mosquito-borne illnesses,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “Take simple steps to protect yourself and your family, like wearing protective clothing and using repellent when outside. Draining and dumping water is also important to prevent mosquitoes from emerging in large numbers over the coming weeks.”

For more information on what repellent is right for you, consider using the Environmental Protection Agency's search tool to help you choose skin-applied repellent products: http://cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect.

For more prevention tips and information on mosquito-borne illnesses, contact your county health department or visit the Florida Department of Health website. Follow the Florida Department of Health on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook.

For additional information about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.

Health Officials Remind Floridians In Flooded Areas Of Potential For Mosquito Activity

05/05/14 - State Emergency Response Team Update On Spring Flooding

2014 Spring Flood image"As of May 05, 2014, Monday, Governor Scott requested a Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties to provide disaster assistance to those affected by the flooding. Additional counties may be included in the request as damage assessments continue throughout the week,” said State Coordinating Officer, Bryan W. Koon. “As we begin the recovery process, individuals should take precautions and follow health advisories, and continue to report damage to their local county emergency management offices.”

For complete update please see report.

Other important information:

Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments Survey Damage From Flooding Incident In Panhandle

Health Officials Urge Panhandle Residents To Take Caution Around Flood Waters

Health Officials Warn Floridians Of Health Dangers Posed By Mold In Water-Damaged Buildings

For local details, contact your county emergency management agency.

For additional information about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.

State Emergency Response Team Update On Spring Flooding

05/05/14 - Governor Scott Requests Major Disaster Declaration For Flooding

On Monday, May 5, Governor Rick Scott requested federal assistance for Florida communities to assist in recovery from the recent severe weather and flooding event. Governor Scott requested a Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.

“After a disaster, our goal is to work as quickly as possible to help communities recover and rebuild,” said State Coordinating Officer Bryan W. Koon. “While no entity can fully erase the impacts of this disaster, federal assistance will go long way to help those communities return a sense of normalcy.

If a declaration is received then Individual Assistance will be available to individuals in those qualifying counties. Governor Scott’s initial request is based on Preliminary Damage Assessments, and may be amended to include additional counties as Preliminary Damage Assessments are finalized.

State officials, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local county emergency management agencies, will continue to conduct damage assessments as additional counties complete their initial damage assessments. Visit www.FloridaDisaster.org/recovery for details about the damage assessment process and types of assistance that may be available.

Preliminary Damage Assessments are initiated by county emergency management agencies. Individuals who have experienced disaster-related damage to homes or businesses should call their local county Emergency Management Office to receive disaster-related information and to document their damages with officials.

For additional information about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.

Governor Scott Requests Major Disaster Declaration For Flooding

05/02/14 - Spring 2014 Flooding Update

2014 Spring Flood imageAs of May 02, 2014, Friday, 12 p.m., 22 customers are without power in 6 counties. There are 5 shelters open in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Washington counties. One death has been confirmed as a result of the flooding event. Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment teams are scheduled to visit the impacted areas.  No further situation reports will be issued until Monday. For complete update please see report.

Other important information:

Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments Survey Damage From Flooding Incident In Panhandle

Health Officials Urge Panhandle Residents To Take Caution Around Flood Waters

Health Officials Warn Floridians Of Health Dangers Posed By Mold In Water-Damaged Buildings

For local details, contact your county emergency management agency.

For additional information about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.

Spring 2014 Flooding Update

05/02/14 - Cash Donations Encouraged For Those Experiencing Flooding And Storm Damage In North Florida

Volunteer Florida logoThe State Emergency Response Team  (SERT) and Volunteer Florida encourage prospective donors who would like to assist Floridians impacted by the severe storms and flooding in north Florida to make cash donations with established disaster relief organizations.

“Supporting established and reputable relief organizations is a great way to assist those who have been impacted or displaced by the flooding in north Florida,” said State Coordinating Officer Bryan W. Koon. “Cash donations are the best way for these organizations to help survivors return to normal as quickly as possible.”

“As the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend areas continue to experience flooding, we ask those Floridians who want to help to make cash donations to established disaster relief organizations in order to most efficiently assist their neighbors in need,” said Chester Spellman, Volunteer Florida CEO.

For more information on donations and volunteering, visit www.volunteerflorida.org.

For additional information about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.

Cash Donations Encouraged For Those Experiencing Flooding And Storm Damage In North Florida

05/01/14 - Emergency Officials Remind Florida Residents To Be Cautious As Recovery Efforts Commence Across The Panhandle

SERT logoAs recovery efforts commence across the Panhandle, the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) urges Florida residents to identify Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) team members before providing any information.

All team members wear a shirt bearing the official SERT logo and carry state identification. PDA team members may ask about your damages and insurance, but DO NOT REQUIRE any personal identifiable information, such as a social security number.

PDA teams typically include a local official, a representative from the State of Florida, a representative from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and may also include a representative from the Small Business Administration (SBA). Teams began damage assessments on Thursday and will continue until all requesting counties have been served.

If you believe someone is fraudulently representing themselves, you should contact either your county emergency management office or call the non-emergency telephone number for local police.

If your home or business has suffered storm-related damage, you should contact your county emergency management office. The county emergency management office will be compiling the incoming requests for a PDA team assessment.

For additional information about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.

Emergency Officials Remind Florida Residents To Be Cautious As Recovery Efforts Commence Across The Panhandle

05/01/14 - Emergency Officials Remind Florida Residents To Be Cautious As Recovery Efforts Commence Across The Panhandle

SERT logoAs recovery efforts commence across the Panhandle, the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) urges Florida residents to identify Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) team members before providing any information.

All team members wear a shirt bearing the official SERT logo and carry state identification. PDA team members may ask about your damages and insurance, but DO NOT REQUIRE any personal identifiable information, such as a social security number.

PDA teams typically include a local official, a representative from the State of Florida, a representative from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and may also include a representative from the Small Business Administration (SBA). Teams began damage assessments on Thursday and will continue until all requesting counties have been served.

If you believe someone is fraudulently representing themselves, you should contact either your county emergency management office or call the non-emergency telephone number for local police.

If your home or business has suffered storm-related damage, you should contact your county emergency management office. The county emergency management office will be compiling the incoming requests for a PDA team assessment.

For additional information about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.

Emergency Officials Remind Florida Residents To Be Cautious As Recovery Efforts Commence Across The Panhandle

05/01/14 - State Emergency Response Team Update On Florida Panhandle Flooding Event

2014 Spring Flood imageNorth Florida is still feeling the effects of the severe storm and flooding event.  Moderate to light showers may continue, as a cold front draped across the Big Bend slowly pushes eastward throughout the day stalling in Northeast Florida by the evening hours. This front will stir up moderate to light showers across the Florida Panhandle with accumulated rainfall totals near to inch with isolated areas getting up to an inch of rain.
As of 1:30 pm EDT

  • Severe Weather Potential: By Friday morning, a passing cold front will have sagged south into the North-Central Peninsula.  However, a passing upper level weather disturbance will create another day of scattered showers and storms across North Florida. Current rain chances for Friday are at 50% across the Western Panhandle, increasing to near 80% in the Big Bend and 60% to 70% in the Suwannee River Valley and Northeast Florida. Rain will clear from west to east across the Panhandle throughout Friday and Friday night and an additional inch of rain is forecast to fall in the Western Panhandle, to 1.5 inches in the Big Bend, and up to 2 inches across the Suwannee River Valley and Nature Coast by Friday night.
  • River Flood Warning: Apalachicola, Shoal, St. Marks, Aucilla, Suwanee, Chipola, Choctawhatchee, Big Coldwater Creek, Blackwater, Escambia, Santa Fe and Perdido rivers.
  • High risk of rip currents: High rip current risk remains in effect through this evening for the beaches of the Big Bend and Panhandle.  Rip currents can be life threatening to anyone entering the water.  Be sure to check the beach warning flags before swimming.

Florida Summary:

  • Florida's State Emergency Operations Center remains partially activated in response to flooding in North Florida.
  • It remains important for Floridians to stay cognizant of the developing weather situation and take necessary preparedness and safety actions. Tips are available at www.FloridaDisaster.org.
  • Shelters open: Escambia and Santa Rosa. Visit www.floridadisaster.org/shelters/summary.htm for details.
  • School closures:  Calhoun, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Washington.
  • State road and bridge closures: Visit to www.dot.state.fl.us and FL511.com for more information.
  • Total power outages: 667 customers.

For local details, contact your county emergency management agency.

State Emergency Response Team Update On Florida Panhandle Flooding Event

05/01/14 - State Emergency Response Team Reminds Residents And Visitors To Remain Vigilant Following Storms

The State Emergency Response Team (SERT) urges residents and visitors in north Florida affected by this week’s severe weather and subsequent flooding to remain vigilant and to take precautions to ensure their continued safety.

  “The storms will continue to affect north Florida as river levels continue to rise,” said State Coordinating Officer Bryan W. Koon. “Monitor your NOAA weather radio or local media for instructions from local emergency management officials, and be prepared to evacuate if necessary. The SERT will continue to provide assistance to counties who request it.”

Flood Warnings are in effect for the following counties: Calhoun, Columbia, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton, Washington.

This weather event has already caused flooding in 26 Florida counties. Check the tips that can help you and your family or business stay safe.

For additional information about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.

State Emergency Response Team Reminds Residents And Visitors To Remain Vigilant Following Storms

04/30/14 - State Emergency Response Team Update On Florida Panhandle Flooding Event

2014 Spring Flood imageAs impacts from the severe storm and flooding event continue throughout the Florida Panhandle, Floridians are urged to use caution. Some areas of the state have experienced extreme rainfall during this storm and flooding remains the main concern for Florida's emergency management officials. Rain will continue to fall across much of the Florida Panhandle through the day with the main threat being heavy downpours, frequent lightning, gusty winds, and isolated tornadoes. Floridians are encouraged to use caution when driving, and should never drive through flooded roadways.

As of 3 pm EDT

  • Severe Weather Potential: A high threat for flash flooding remains for the rest of today. While scattered showers and storms will persist throughout the day, the areas of heaviest rain will slowly shift east, but persisting across much of the Big Bend and Suwannee River Valley through tonight.
  • Flash Flood Warning: All or portions of Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Jackson, Okaloosa, Walton, Washington counties.
  • Flash Flood Watch: Portions of Bay, Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf, Franklin, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Walton, Washington, Wakulla counties.
  • Flash Flood Emergency until 3 pm EDT in Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa counties.
  • River Flood Warning: Apalachicola, Shoal, St. Marks, Aucilla, Suwannee, Chipola, Choctawhatchee, Big Coldwater Creek, Blackwater, Escambia, Santa Fe rivers.
  • High risk of rip currents: High rip current risk remains in effect through this evening for the beaches of the Big Bend and Panhandle. Rip currents can be life threatening to anyone entering the water. Be sure to check beach warning flags before swimming.

Florida Summary:

  • Florida's State Emergency Operations Center has partially activated to in response to flooding in the Florida Panhandle.
  • It remains important for Floridians to stay cognizant of the developing weather situation and take necessary preparedness and safety actions. Tips are available at www.FloridaDisaster.org.
  • Shelters are open in four counties Bay, Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa. Visit http://floridadisaster.org/shelters/summary.htm for details.
  • Schools are closed in nine counties - Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Washington.
  • State road and bridge closures: Bay, Escambia, Holmes Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Washington counties. Visit to www.dot.state.fl.us and FL511.com for more information.
  • Government closures: Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

For local details, contact your county emergency management agency.

State Emergency Response Team Update On Florida Panhandle Flooding Event

04/30/14 - State Officials Urge Residents To Exercise Caution During And After Severe Weather And Flooding

~Heed instructions from local emergency management officials and stay tuned to local media~

Severe Weather imageThe State Emergency Response Team (SERT) encourages Floridians to use caution around flooding and standing water resulting from the heavy rains in the Florida Panhandle. Floridians should continue to take precautions to ensure safety during and after severe weather, and to protect life then property. Heed all instructions from local emergency management officials and always dial 911 during an emergency.

“We urge residents and visitors in affected areas to take precautions to protect themselves and their families from potential health risks presented by floodwaters,” said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan W. Koon. “As the SERT continues to respond to the impacts of this rain event, safety is our first and foremost concern, and Florida’s residents and visitors should continue to heed instructions from local emergency management officials.”

For additional information about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.

State Officials Urge Residents To Exercise Caution During And After Severe Weather And Flooding

04/30/14 - State Emergency Response Center Activates To Level Two In Response To Severe Weather And Flooding

Severe Weather imageThe State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee activated to Level Two in response to the severe weather and flooding in the Florida Panhandle. The State Emergency Response Team will continue to monitor the situation, and provide support to counties impacted by the storm.

"It is imperative that those individuals in the path of this storm system monitor the emerging situation and follow all instructions from local officials," said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. "All Floridians should stay alert to possible impacts of this storm system. Do not drive into flood water."

The State Emergency Operations Center activated to a Level 2 at 12:30am EDT, and remains in communication with the impacted counties.

For additional information about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.

State Emergency Response Center Activates To Level Two In Response To Severe Weather And Flooding

04/28/14 - Florida Residents And Visitors Urged To Use Caution As Severe Weather System Enters The State

Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials urge those across north Florida to be prepared for severe weather as a storm system enters the region late Monday and lingers through Wednesday night.  Frequent lightning strikes, high wind gusts, hail, tornadoes and flash flooding are possible.  Rainfall totaling up to 6 inches is forecast, and a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the Florida Panhandle and western Big Bend until Wednesday.

“The same system that produced severe weather in Arkansas will bring an increased risk for strong storms in north Florida,” said FDEM State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. “Local river levels are already elevated, so the potential for flooding is likely to increase. Motorists should be especially cautious during thunderstorms, and avoid driving through standing water or flooded roadways.”

Florida Residents And Visitors Urged To Use Caution As Severe Weather System Enters The State

Updated:
June 16, 2014 9:27

 

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