Santa Rosa County receives presidential disaster declaration

Published on May 07, 2014 with No Comments

Tuesday President Barack Obama approved the major disaster declaration FEMA-4177-DR for the State of Florida.
This declaration means residents of Santa Rosa county may now participate in FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program. This program is designed to coordinate assistance for individuals, households, and businesses recovering from disaster or emergency impacts.
The first step for individuals and businesses needing assistance should be through the toll-free tele-registration hotline, available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY: 1-800-462-7585). Typically survivors can begin tele-registering about an hour or so at the earliest after a declaration is issued.
Survivors in Florida will need to register under DR-4177. Applicants may also register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via their mobile device at m.fema.gov.  FEMA (or the providing agency) will verify eligibility and need before assistance is offered.
Additionally, Santa Rosa County has requested FEMA to open disaster recovery centers as soon as possible. A disaster recovery center allows residents the opportunity to meet with representatives of federal, state, local, and volunteer organizations who are offering assistance to disaster survivors.
When a Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance is signed by the President, two primary federal programs offer disaster assistance:
  • FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides money and direct services to those affected by a major disaster. Requirements must be met to qualify for help from this program.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest loans for damage to property owned by homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations that are not fully covered by insurance. SBA’s Administrator may issue an SBA-only declaration based on at least 25 homes and/or businesses that sustained at least 40% uninsured property damage.

In light of the standing water issues following last week’s storm the Santa Rosa County Mosquito Department resumed a full fogging schedule on May 5. A spray schedule is available on-line at http://santarosa.fl.gov/mosquito/index.cfm.

As of Tuesday, May 6, Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser Greg Brown’s office estimated damages to homes and businesses in the county at $8.14-million.

This figure does not include the estimated $3.9-million in damages to county buildings, roads, drainage, or at the landfill.

Further assessments are being made and these numbers are expected to increase.

In meeting the state and federal declaration process the following information was reported by county officials regarding damages 782 residences reported damage with 212 sustaining major damage along with one home destroyed and 34 listed as inaccessible.

Of the businesses in Santa Rosa County 32 sustained major damage and three were reported inaccessible.

If you have flood or storm related damage to report you can do so online at http://santarosa.fl.gov/EmergencyNEW/WebDamage.cfm or by calling (850) 983-4636. Please include photos with your submission.

Residents who have already begun repairs are urged to take photos of the damage and keep all receipts for any repairs you make. Also make sure the date is clearly visible on all of your receipts.

County officials are also indicating agricultural damages approaching the $1-million figure.

These figures do not include the following crop damage estimates affecting some 55,000 acres:

  • Wheat – 1,153 acres planted and affected with 35% yield loss
  • Oats – 70 acres planted and affected with 35% loss
  • Corn – 700 acres planted and affected with 10% loss
  • Grass (Hay) – 1,500 acres planted and affected with 40% loss
  • Vegetables – 350 acres affected with 10% loss
  • Yield losses on cotton and peanuts are anticipated due to delayed planting up to 3 to 4 weeks. Fields will have to dry out and many will have to be reworked to repair soil erosion damage before planting can occur.
Citizens who are in need of assistance are urged to contact the following resources in their respective areas:
  • Residents who have unmet needs such as housing, food, clothing or other essential services, are asked to contact the Citizen Information Center at (850) 983-INFO (4636).
  • Residents who need volunteer assistance with their home repairs and cleanup:
  • Residents south of the Yellow River please call (850) 490-7399 or visit the Volunteer Reception Center located at the Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Fairpoint Campus, 75 Fairpoint Drive in Gulf Breeze from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Residents north of the Yellow River please contact the United Way of Santa Rosa County at (850) 623-4507
  • Farm Share is partnering with Representative Mike Hill and Representative Doug Broxson to sponsor a disaster relief food distribution on Thursday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Winn Dixie Parking Lot, 3355 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze. Families in need after the devastation of the flood earlier this week will be provided Farm Share food and supply bags free of charge. Each household will receive a variety of fresh produce, canned & dried food, water, juice, paper products, and other needed essentials. 
  • The Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church Fairpoint Campus, 75 Fairpoint Drive in Gulf Breeze is offering dinner to the community on Wednesday, May 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Santa Rosa County is urging residents who are making repairs to be very mindful of the work being done. If you are making repairs or replacing items you may need to obtain a building permit for work including but not limited to the foundation, drywall, roofing, electrical, water or gas, or air conditioning/heating.
Also if you hire a contractor be sure to obtain more than one bid for the work you want performed and check the county’s website to ensure they contractor is licensed to work in Santa Rosa County at http://data1.santarosa.fl.gov/gopermitslive/ and check the business out with the Better Business Bureau.
If you have a question about a contractor or permit requirement call Santa Rosa County Development services at (850) 981-7000 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Also due to the flooding and other associated damages with the water the following roads remain closed:
  • Stevens Drive at Alexander Ave.
  • Conecuh Street between Madison and Monroe
  • Gilmore Drive, from Hampton St. to Navarre St.
  • Washington Ave
  • Dracena Way
  • Futura Drive
  • York Street, from Hampton St. to Navarre St.
  • Bayview at Crestview Lane
  • Broad Street, between Berry Hill Road and Madison Street in Milton.  The detour is Conecuh Street
  • Bryant Bridge Road
  • East Bay Boulevard between Shadow Lakes Sub and Zilla Street in Navarre. The detour for those east of Zilla Street is Bergren Road
  • Holley Club Road in Navarre
  • Norman Riley Road, in the Blackwater State Forest, is closed between Bud Bass Road and Bryant Bridge Road
  • Sherwood Dive at Codell Street in Holley by the Sea is closed due to damage. The detour will be around the block.
  • Village Parkway – open to local traffic only
 

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