Disaster recovery in Escambia County is in full swing. On May 6th Escambia County received a Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance from FEMA. This declaration allows victims of the recent floods to apply for the Individuals and Households Program (IHP). Following that information, the long awaited notification that Escambia County has been awarded a Public Assistance Declaration from FEMA was received. The Public Assistance program provides aid to state or local governments to pay part of the costs of rebuilding a community’s damaged infrastructure. This public assistance program generally pays for 75% of the approved project costs. Debris removal, emergency protective measures, public services, repair of damaged public property, loans needed by communities for essential government functions and grants for public schools may be included in the Public Assistance response.
There is also the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) which is a combined FEMA and State program. The IHP provides up to $32,400 (FY 2014) for financial help or direct services to those who have necessary expenses and serious needs if they are unable to meet the needs through other means. When a disaster occurs, this program provides grant money and services to people in the declared area whose property has been damaged or destroyed and whose losses are underinsured or not covered by insurance. In every case, the disaster survivor must register for assistance and establish eligibility. The toll-free telephone registration number is (800) 621-FEMA (3362). Applicants may also register online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
Anyone needing assistance regarding issues related to April’s flooding may also visit FEMA’s Escambia County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Brownsville Community Center, 3100 West Desoto Street, Pensacola, where applicants may go with questions or for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance.
The hours of operations for the DRC are:
Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 10:42am
Escambia County crews will continue to collect flood debris through Friday, May 16.
The Department of Solid Waste Management can be reached at (850) 937-2160.
Escambia County is encouraging flood victims to place their storm damage debris on the right of way in front of their home. Contract crews hired by Escambia County have already begun the process of collecting this debris from impacted areas. Escambia County will continue to pick up debris through Friday, May 16. If you have any questions or concerns regarding storm related debris, please call the Department of Solid Waste at (850) 937-2160.
The recovery is moving at a pace that the Escambia County’s Citizen’s Information ceased operations at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13th and Escambia County will begin scaling back on its emergency assistance teams. At the end of the day on Tuesday, May 13th most Project Outreach tents and field teams will be closed due to a decreased demand. Only two sites will remain open. These sites are:
Damascus Road Mission Baptist Church, 8198 Untreiner Avenue
- Legion Field, 1301 West Gregory Street