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2012 Tropical Storm Debby

Information updates concerning Tropical Storm Debby.

Assistance for Residents and Businesses Affected by Tropical Storm Debby

Floridians within the following counties affected by Tropical Storm Debby 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
Alachua     Eligible  
Baker Declared Declared Eligible Declared
Bay     Eligible  
Bradford Declared Declared Eligible Declared
Charlotte   Declared Eligible  
Citrus Declared Declared Eligible  
Clay Declared Declared Eligible Declared
Collier   Declared Eligible  
Columbia Declared Declared Eligible Declared
Dixie   Declared Eligible  
Duval Declared Declared Eligible Declared
Escambia     Eligible  
Franklin Declared Declared Eligible Declared
Gilchrist Declared   Eligible  
Gulf   Declared Eligible  
Hamilton   Declared Eligible  
Hernando Declared Declared Eligible Declared
Highlands Declared   Eligible Declared
Hillsborough Declared   Eligible Declared
Jefferson   Declared Eligible  
Lafayette Declared Declared Eligible  
Lee   Declared Eligible  
Leon     Eligible  
Levy   Declared Eligible  
Liberty   Declared Eligible  
Madison   Declared Eligible  
Manatee Declared Declared Eligible Declared
Marion     Eligible  
Nassau Declared Declared Eligible Declared
Pasco Declared Declared Eligible Declared
Pinellas Declared Declared Eligible Declared
Polk Declared   Eligible  
Putnam   Declared    
Santa Rosa   Declared Eligible  
Sarasota Declared Declared Eligible  
Suwannee Declared Declared Eligible Declared
Taylor Declared Declared Eligible Declared
Union Declared Declared Eligible Declared
Wakulla Declared Declared Eligible Declared
Total 22

30

38 17

 

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.

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.

07/17/12 - Five More Florida Counties Approved For Federal Individual Assistance, One More For Public Assistance

The federal government today approved five more counties to be included in the Tropical Storm Debby declaration for Individual Assistance and one more county for Public Assistance. Individuals and businesses in Citrus, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Polk and Sarasota counties are now eligible for Individual Assistance, and Pinellas County is included in Public Assistance.

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. State, tribal, local governments and certain types of private non-profit organizations in the 30 designated counties should visit www.FloridaPA.org to create an account within 30 days of a presidential declaration to apply for Public Assistance. All counties now approved to receive Public Assistance include:
  • Baker
  • Bradford
  • Charlotte
  • Citrus
  • Clay
  • Collier
  • Columbia
  • Dixie
  • Duval
  • Franklin
  • Gulf
  • Hamilton
  • Hernando
  • Jefferson
  • Lafayette
  • Lee
  • Levy
  • Liberty
  • Madison
  • Manatee
  • Nassau
  • Pasco
  • Pinellas
  • Putnam
  • Santa Rosa
  • Sarasota
  • Suwannee
  • Taylor
  • Union
  • Wakulla

Federal Individual Assistance makes federal and state assistance available to individuals and families. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated county can begin applying for individual assistance starting today 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. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. Individual Assistance is now available in all of the following counties:

  • Baker
  • Bradford
  • Clay
  • Columbia
  • Duval
  • Franklin
  • Hernando
  • Highlands
  • Hillsborough
  • Manatee
  • Nassau
  • Pasco
  • Pinellas
  • Suwannee
  • Taylor
  • Union
  • Wakulla
  • Citrus
  • Gilchrist
  • Lafayette
  • Polk
  • Sarasota

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is also now available to individuals in the five additional Florida counties included in the latest federal declaration for Individual Assistance. Claims for residents in Citrus, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Polk and Sarasota counties must be made by August 16, 2012 to be eligible. To apply for DUA, claimants should visit www.floridajobs.org/dua, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Five More Florida Counties Approved For Federal Individual Assistance, One More For Public Assistance

07/13/12 - Hillsborough, Manatee And Taylor County Approved For Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been made available to three additional Florida counties included in the latest federal declaration for Individual Assistance Duval, Nassau and Union. This federal funding is provided in coordination with the U.S. Department of Labor to aid Floridians out of work due to Tropical Storm Debby in these affected counties. More counties may become eligible in accordance with future federal declarations due to Debby. Claims for Hillsborough, Manatee and Taylor county residents must be made by August 13, 2012 to be eligible.

Claims must be filed by August 6, 2012 for Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Franklin, Hernando, Highlands, Pasco, Pinellas, Suwannee and Wakulla county residents; by August 10, 2012 for Duval, Nassau and Union and August 13, 2012 for Hillsborough, Manatee and Taylor county residents to be eligible for DUA. DUA is available to unemployed individuals from the week ending June 30, 2012 and is payable for up to 28 weeks. DUA cannot be paid beyond the week ending January 5, 2013. To apply for DUA, claimants should visit www.floridajobs.org/dua, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Hillsborough, Manatee And Taylor County Approved For Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance

07/13/12 - Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Hernando, Highlands And Pinellas Counties To Help Tropical Storm Debby Survivors

Disaster recovery centers are open in Hernando, Highlands and Pinellas counties to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by Tropical Storm Debby. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

Representatives from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Hernando County (obtain driving directions)
Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center
800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd.
Brooksville, FL 34601

Highlands County (obtain driving directions)
Highlands Agricultural Center
4509 George Blvd.
Sebring, FL 33875

Pinellas County (obtain driving directions)
Park Station
Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce
5851 Park Blvd.
Pinellas Park, FL 33781

If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with storm or flooding losses should register with FEMA. There are three ways to apply:

  • By calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Help is available in most languages, and lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.
  • Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • By tablet or smartphone using the FEMA app or m.fema.gov.

Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration are also available to help with residential and business losses not covered by insurance. After registering with FEMA, survivors and businesses may apply online at SBA's secure website https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela; or obtain information on SBA disaster loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf or hard of hearing) or online at www.sba.gov.

Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Hernando, Highlands And Pinellas Counties To Help Tropical Storm Debby Survivors

07/11/12 - Additional Counties Approved For Public And Individual Assistance

Additional assistance to aid in recovery from the impacts of Tropical Storm Debby was approved today for additional Florida counties. The Public Assistance declaration has been extended to include Bradford, Collier, Duval, Lee, Levy, Madison, Putnam, Santa Rosa and Taylor Counties. Individual Assistance has been approved for Hillsborough, Manatee and Taylor 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. To date twenty-nine counties have been approved for Public Assistance:

  • Baker
  • Bradford
  • Charlotte
  • Citrus
  • Clay
  • Collier
  • Columbia
  • Dixie
  • Duval
  • Franklin
  • Gulf
  • Hamilton
  • Hernando
  • Jefferson
  • Lafayette
  • Lee
  • Levy
  • Liberty
  • Madison
  • Manatee
  • Nassau
  • Pasco
  • Putnam
  • Santa Rosa
  • Sarasota
  • Suwannee
  • Taylor
  • Union
  • Wakulla

Individual Assistance makes federal disaster assistance available for individuals and families. This assistance can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property loss and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. To date, seventeen counties have been approved for Individual Assistance.

  • Baker
  • Bradford
  • Clay
  • Columbia
  • Duval
  • Franklin
  • Hernando
  • Highlands
  • Hillsborough
  • Manatee
  • Nassau
  • Pasco
  • Pinellas
  • Suwannee
  • Taylor
  • Union
  • Wakulla

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in counties approved for Individual Assistance can begin applying for assistance starting 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. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Additional Counties Approved For Public And Individual Assistance

07/11/12 - Three Additional Counties Approved For Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been made available to three additional Florida counties included in the latest federal declaration for Individual Assistance Duval, Nassau and Union. This federal funding is provided in coordination with the U.S. Department of Labor to aid Floridians out of work due to Tropical Storm Debby in these affected counties. More counties may become eligible in accordance with future federal declarations due to Debby. Claims for Duval, Nassau and Union county residents must be made by August 10, 2012 to be eligible.

Claims must be filed by August 6, 2012 for Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Franklin, Hernando, Highlands, Pasco, Pinellas, Suwannee and Wakulla and August 10, 2012 for Duval, Nassau and Union to be eligible for DUA. DUA is available to unemployed individuals from the week ending June 30, 2012 and is payable for up to 28 weeks. DUA cannot be paid beyond the week ending January 6, 2013. To apply for DUA, claimants should visit www.floridajobs.org/dua, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Three Additional Counties Approved For Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance

07/11/12 - Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Pasco County To Help Tropical Storm Debby Survivors

A disaster recovery center is open in Pasco County to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by Tropical Storm Debby. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

Representatives from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:

Pasco County (obtain driving directions)
Trouble Creek Square Shopping Center
4444 Grand Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL 34652

If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with storm or flooding losses should register with FEMA. There are three ways to apply:

  • By calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Help is available in most languages, and lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.
  • Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • By tablet or smartphone using the FEMA app or m.fema.gov.

Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration are also available to help with residential and business losses not covered by insurance.  After registering with FEMA, survivors and businesses may apply online at SBA's secure website https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela; or obtain information on SBA disaster loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf or hard of hearing) or online at www.sba.gov.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Pasco County To Help Tropical Storm Debby Survivors

07/10/12 - Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Clay And Franklin Counties To Help Tropical Storm Debby Survivors

Disaster recovery centers are open in Clay and Franklin counties to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by Tropical Storm Debby. The centers are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

Representatives from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Clay County (obtain driving directions)
Clay County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall No. 1
2497 State Road 16W
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

Franklin County (obtain driving directions)
Community Service Center (old Apalachicola High School)
192 14th St.
Apalachicola, FL 32320

If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with storm or flooding losses should register with FEMA. There are three ways to apply:

  • By calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Help is available in most languages, and lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.
  • Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • By tablet or smartphone using the FEMA app or m.fema.gov.

Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration are also available to help with residential and business losses not covered by insurance.  After registering with FEMA, survivors and businesses may apply online at SBA's secure website https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela; or obtain information on SBA disaster loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf or hard of hearing) or online at www.sba.gov.

Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Clay And Franklin Counties To Help Tropical Storm Debby Survivors

07/10/12 - Public Assistance Requested For Six Additional Counties

Additional assistance to aid in recovery from the impacts of Tropical Storm Debby was requested today for six additional Florida counties. A request was made to extend the federal declaration for Public Assistance to include Bradford, Collier, Duval, Levy, Santa Rosa and Taylor 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. Twenty Florida counties were approved on July 9th under the federal declaration.

Public Assistance Requested For Six Additional Counties

07/10/12 - Duval, Nassau, Union Counties Now Eligible For Federal Individual Assistance In Florida

Tropical Storm Debby survivors in Duval, Nassau and Union counties in Florida can now apply for federal disaster assistance. A total of 14 counties have been designated for Individual Assistance.

Twenty counties are now eligible for Public Assistance, which reimburses eligible state and local governments, tribal organizations and some private nonprofit organizations for eligible expenses incurred due to a disaster.

The counties designated for Individual Assistance are Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Franklin, Hernando, Highlands, Nassau, Pasco, Pinellas, Suwannee, Union and Wakulla.

For survivors and business owners who sustained damages or losses in those counties, money for temporary housing, essential home repairs and other disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance may be available. Renters, homeowners and business owners can register for help through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Baker, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gulf, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Manatee, Nassau, Pasco, Sarasota, Suwannee, Union and Wakulla counties have been designated for federal Public Assistance.

Duval, Nassau, Union Counties Now Eligible For Federal Individual Assistance In Florida

07/10/12 - Two Weeks After TS Debby, $5.3 Million Approved For Disaster Aid

Two weeks after Tropical Storm Debby struck Florida, $5.3 million in state and federal aid has been approved to help those affected by the storm and flooding.

Almost 3,500 survivors have contacted the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help or information regarding disaster assistance. Some are seeking housing assistance from FEMA because the flooding has made their home unlivable or inaccessible.

Other forms of disaster assistance are provided by partner agencies such as the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the Small Business Administration. FEMA refers survivors to those agencies. Businesses are also referred to the SBA. Other callers may be interested in disaster unemployment assistance, crisis counseling or legal aid.

No matter the degree of loss or insurance coverage, survivors are urged to apply for help. They can use any of the following methods:

  1. By phone, call 800-621-FEMA (3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Assistance is available in most languages. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585.
  2. Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  3. By tablet or smartphone, use the FEMA app or go to m.fema.gov.

Businesses that need help may contact the Small Business Administration at the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339), send an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or go to https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ to apply.

Two Weeks After TS Debby, $5.3 Million Approved For Disaster Aid

07/08/12 - Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Bradford And Columbia Counties To Help Tropical Storm Debby Survivors

Disaster recovery centers are open in Bradford and Columbia counties to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by Tropical Storm Debby. They are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

Representatives from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Bradford County (obtain driving directions)
Bradford County Senior Center
1805 N. Temple Ave.
Starke, FL 32091

Columbia County (obtain driving directions)
Westfield Shopping Center
484 S.W. Commerce Drive
Lake City, FL 32055

If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with storm or flooding losses should register with FEMA. There are three ways to apply:

  • By calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Help is available in most languages, and lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.
  • Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • By tablet or smartphone using the FEMA app or m.fema.gov.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance,  essential home repairs, personal property loss and other serious disaster-related needs  not covered by insurance.

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are also available to help with residential and business losses not covered by insurance.  After registering with FEMA, survivors and businesses may apply online at SBA's secured website https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela; or obtain information on SBA disaster loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf or hard of hearing) or online at www.sba.gov.

Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Bradford And Columbia Counties To Help Tropical Storm Debby Survivors

07/06/12 - Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Baker County to Help Tropical Storm Debby Survivors

A disaster recovery center is open in Baker County to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by Tropical Storm Debby. It is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

Representatives from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:

Baker County (obtain driving directions)
Across the street from Christian Fellowship Temple
Apartment 1 
337 N. 7th St.
MacClenny, FL 32063

If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with storm losses should register with FEMA. There are three ways to apply:

  • By calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Help is available in most languages, and lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.
  • Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • By tablet or smartphone using the FEMA app or m.fema.gov.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance and essential home repairs not covered by insurance.

Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration are also available to help with residential and business losses not covered by insurance. Survivors and businesses may obtain information on SBA disaster loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing) or online at www.SBA.gov. They may also apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Baker County to Help Tropical Storm Debby Survivors

07/05/12 - Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Suwannee And Wakulla Counties To Help Tropical Storm Debby Survivors

Two disaster recovery centers are open in Suwannee and Wakulla counties to help those whose homes or businesses were affected by Tropical Storm Debby. They are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

Representatives from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

Suwannee County (obtain driving directions)
Suwannee Coliseum Exhibition No. 2
1302 S.W. 11th St.
Live Oak, FL 32064

Wakulla County (obtain driving directions)
Wakulla Agricultural Center
84 Cedar Ave.
Crawfordville, FL 32327

If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with storm losses should register with FEMA. There are three ways to apply:

  • By calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Help is available in most languages, and lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.
  • Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • By tablet or smartphone using the FEMA app or m.fema.gov.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance and essential home repairs not covered by insurance.

Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Suwannee And Wakulla Counties To Help Tropical Storm Debby Survivors

07/09/12 - Additional Assistance Approved For Florida Counties Impacted By Tropical Storm Debby

The federal government today approved Public Assistance for 20 requested counties to be included in the federal disaster declaration due to the impacts of Tropical Storm Debby across Florida. Three additional counties were approved for Individual Assistance, including Duval, Nassau and Union 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. The counties approved to receive Public Assistance include:

  • Baker
  • Charlotte
  • Citrus
  • Clay
  • Columbia
  • Dixie
  • Franklin
  • Gulf
  • Hamilton
  • Hernando
  • Jefferson
  • Lafayette
  • Liberty
  • Manatee
  • Nassau
  • Pasco
  • Sarasota
  • Suwannee
  • Union
  • Wakulla

Public Assistance from the federal declaration comes in conjunction with the earlier approval of Individual Assistance for eleven Florida counties. State, tribal, local governments and certain types of private non-profit organizations in the 20 designated counties should visit www.FloridaPA.org to create an account within 30 days of a presidential declaration to apply for Public Assistance.

Additional Assistance Approved For Florida Counties Impacted By Tropical Storm Debby

07/09/12 - FEMA And Florida SERT Teams Are In The Field Helping Tropical Storm Debby Survivors Recover

Florida's State Emergency Response Team and the Federal Emergency Management Agency community relations teams are in the 11 declared counties going door to door with disaster assistance information to help survivors recover from Tropical Storm Debby.

Anyone representing the SERT or FEMA, including FEMA-contracted home and property damage inspectors, carries a photo ID ensuring they are easily identifiable. FEMA and SERT teams wear agency shirts.

The teams are visiting with individuals to provide information on resources that are available and to identify people who need assistance in the federally designated counties of Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Franklin, Hernando, Highlands, Pasco, Pinellas, Suwannee and Wakulla.

Officials with the FEMA and SERT teams will not request personal information such as Social Security or bank account numbers. Survivors will be asked to provide personal information only when calling FEMA to register the first time.

Suspicions of fraud or attempts to scam survivors should be reported to local law enforcement immediately. People who suspect anyone of committing contractor fraud should contact the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation by calling 866-532-1440 or by emailing ULA@dbpr.state.fl.us

FEMA And Florida SERT Teams Are In The Field Helping Tropical Storm Debby Survivors Recover

07/05/12 - Eleven Counties Approved For Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been made available to the 11 Florida counties included in this week's federal declaration for Individual Assistance to aid Floridians out of work due to Tropical Storm Debby. This federal funding is provided in coordination with the U.S. Department of Labor to help residents of Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Franklin, Hernando, Highlands, Pasco, Pinellas, Suwannee and Wakulla counties recover from severe storms and flooding. More counties may become eligible in accordance with future federal declarations due to Debby. All claims must be made by August 6, 2012 to be eligible.

"The State Emergency Response Team is committed to ensuring that Floridians affected by Tropical Storm Debby receive the assistance they need to recover," said State Coordinating Officer Bryan W. Koon. "Disaster Unemployment Assistance will provide financial support to residents whose lives and livelihoods were adversely impacted by this storm."

DUA helps people who have become unemployed as a direct result of a declared disaster and who do not qualify for regular Reemployment Assistance benefits (formerly unemployment compensation benefits). The DUA program covers individuals who are self-employed and owners and workers of farms and ranches, as well as fishers and others who are not normally covered by state reemployment assistance benefits.

Eleven Counties Approved For Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance

07/04/12 - Additional Florida Counties Approved For Federal And State Individual Assistance

Floridians affected by Tropical Storm Debby will soon receive federal disaster funds and emergency resources to help them on their paths to recovery. 

In response to Governor Scott’s request for assistance on Tuesday for funding for affected counties, the federal declaration was amended to include six additional counties. The declaration makes federal and state Individual Assistance available to individuals and families to these additional counties:

  • Clay
  • Franklin
  • Hernando
  • Highlands
  • Pinellas
  • Suwannee

As Preliminary Damage Assessments are completed, additional counties may be added to the declaration.

Additional Florida Counties Approved For Federal And State Individual Assistance

07/03/12 - Governor Scott Requests Additional Assistance In Response To Tropical Storm Debby

Governor Rick Scott today made a supplemental request to the President that the State of Florida receive Public Assistance in addition to Sunday’s Individual Assistance request for Presidential Declaration due to impacts from Tropical Storm Debby.

In response to Governor Scott’s request for assistance on Sunday, a federal declaration for Individual Assistance was granted for Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Pasco and Wakulla counties. Today’s request also includes additional counties recommended to receive Individual Assistance.

Additional counties requested for Individual Assistance include:

  • Clay
  • Franklin
  • Highlands
  • Hernando
  • Pinellas
  • Suwannee

Those counties that Governor Scott requested for Public Assistance today include:

  • Baker
  • Charlotte
  • Citrus
  • Columbia
  • Dixie
  • Franklin
  • Hamilton
  • Lafayette
  • Liberty
  • Manatee
  • Pasco
  • Sarasota
  • Wakulla

State and FEMA teams continue to conduct Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments for the Public and Individual Assistance Programs across the State of Florida. Governor Scott’s request will continue to be amended in the coming days to add requests for additional counties as results from those Preliminary Damage Assessments are finalized.

Governor Scott Requests Additional Assistance In Response To Tropical Storm Debby

07/03/12 - Federal And State Assistance Available To Individuals And Families In Florida Due To Impacts Of Tropical Storm Debby

Floridians affected by Tropical Storm Debby will soon receive federal disaster funds and emergency resources to help them on their paths to recovery. 

“On behalf of the families and businesses impacted by Tropical Storm Debby, I thank our Federal partners for their support in helping our state meet the needs during this time of recovery,” said Governor Scott. “The funding will provide a range of help to all Floridians from housing needs to providing funding to small businesses to rebuild and open their doors.  It will help farmers, fisherman, families, the elderly and the most vulnerable population return to a state of normalcy.”

The declaration makes federal and state assistance available to individuals and families. This declaration will provide Individual Assistance funds to the following counties --

  • Baker
  • Bradford
  • Columbia
  • Pasco
  • Wakulla

Statewide Hazardous Mitigation was also approved. More counties may be added to the declaration as Preliminary Damage Assessments are completed.

Assistance to be coordinated with FEMA, can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other eligible disaster-related expenses. Low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration will be also be available to cover eligible residential and business losses not covered by insurance.

Federal And State Assistance Available To Individuals And Families In Florida Due To Impacts Of Tropical Storm Debby

07/03/12 - Governor Scott Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program For Small Businesses Affected By Tropical Storm Debby

In an effort to expedite the recovery process for businesses damaged by Tropical Storm Debby, Governor Rick Scott today activated Florida's Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. The program will provide emergency, short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses in 36 eligible counties to assist in reestablishing business during the interim period before other aid and insurance claims are processed.

"Providing emergency financial assistance to businesses impacted by Tropical Storm Debby will aid them and their employees in getting back to work," said Governor Scott. "So many of Florida's small businesses are the lifeblood of their communities, and this program will help assist them in returning to business as usual as soon as possible."

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program provides an expedient cash flow to businesses physically damaged by a disaster. The short-term loans help bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including regular profits, payment of claims or longer-term loans. Governor Scott has allocated up to $10 million from the state's General Revenue fund for the program, of which $5 million will be made available immediately. The additional $5 million will be used as necessary.

Governor Scott Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program For Small Businesses Affected By Tropical Storm Debby
Small Business Bridge Loans

07/01/12 - Governor Scott Requests Major Disaster Declaration Due To Impacts Of Tropical Storm Debby

Governor Rick Scott today made a request to President Barack Obama that the State of Florida receives a Major Disaster Declaration to assist Florida counties that were impacted by Tropical Storm Debby.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will review Governor Scott's request and advise President Obama on whether to issue a declaration. If a declaration is made Individual Assistance could be granted to qualifying counties. In the event assistance is not granted, Scott may file a supplementary request for assistance from the Small Business Administration.

State and FEMA teams commenced Joint Preliminary Damage Assessments for Individual and Public Assistance in Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Pasco and Wakulla Counties on June 29, 2012. Governor Scott's initial request is based on the Preliminary Damage Assessment findings for Individual Assistance for said counties. The scope of this Request will be amended in the coming days to add requests for Public Assistance in the above listed counties, as well as Individual and Public Assistance for additional counties based on the results of the Preliminary Damage Assessments that are currently being conducted within the impacted counties.

Tropical Storm Debby made landfall June 27 in Steinhatchee, FL but impact from the storm was felt statewide. The primary concern from Tropical Storm Debby was the prolific amount of rainfall and the resulting flooding impacts. Six rivers across Florida reached major flood stage, and two rivers, the Sopchoppy and the St. Marys, reached record breaking crests.

State officials, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are currently conducting damage assessments in counties that were impacted by the storm. These assessments will continue as additional counties complete initial damage assessments.

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Governor Scott Requests Major Disaster Declaration Due To Impacts Of Tropical Storm Debby
Request for Presidential Disaster Declaration Due To Impacts of Tropical Storm Debby

Updated:
March 19, 2013 14:12

 

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