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Hurricane Recovery

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Post New Operating Hours Starting Sunday November 25

The Disaster Recovery Center in Gadsden County will now be closed on Sundays, while others have adjusted operating hours. The center, located at Gretna Elementary School, 706 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, will be open Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed on Sundays.

***A MOBILE Disaster Recovery Center is open in Chattahoochee at 17 West Washington Street. The Center, which provides “one stop shopping” for people with damages from Hurricane Michael. It is open from 8 a.m.to 7 p.m. today, November 21st, Friday, November 23rd with its final day Saturday, November 24th. (it will be closed Thanksgiving). ***

Citizens may talk one on one with FEMA representatives about programs or other disaster assistance programs, and to ask questions related to their Individual Assistance claims. Representatives from FDEM, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), volunteer groups and other agencies are at the centers to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses.

FEMA representatives can offer help on a variety of issues like:

  • Applying for assistance
  • Types of disaster assistance programs
  • Status of your application
  • Understanding letters you get from FEMA
  • Finding housing and rental assistance information
  • Referrals to agencies that may offer other assistance

Citizens are still encouraged to apply or check an application status online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 1 (800) 621-3362.

Hurricane Michael Home Repair Program 

The Gadsden County State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) is now accepting applications for storm damages received from Hurricane Michael. The deadline for applications is December 14, 2018. For application details and guidelines, click here: https://bit.ly/2qHSn57

The Gadsden County SHIP Office will be hosting application workshops on the following dates: 
Nov. 16, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Robertsville Fire Station
Nov. 27, 3 p.,. - 6 p.m. - Havana Library 
Dec. 1, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - County Commission Chambers

Permitting Fees

Permit fees are waived through December 31, 2018 for storm-related electrical repairs to restore power and for the demolition of uninhabitable lawful structures. Effective November 26, 2018 standard permit fees for all other work will apply.

Burn Ban 

The Burn Ban for Gadsden County has been lifted. Citizens are still reminded to take safety precautions while burning storm debris:

  1. Choose a safe burning site away from powerlines, overhanging limbs, buildings, vehicles, and equipment. 
  2. The site should be surrounded by gravel or mineral soil (dirt) at least 10 feet in all directions. Keep the surroundings watered down during the burn and have a shovel close by.
  3. Keep your piles small and manageable. Add additional debris as the fire burns down.
  4. If using a burn barrel, make sure it’s made entirely of metal, properly equipped (at least three evenly-spaced, three-inch, screened vents and metal top screen) and in good condition.

Houses of Worship in Florida may be Eligible for FEMA Public Assistance 

More info here: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2018/11/05/houses-worship-florida-may-be-eligible-fema-public-assistance-cover-damage 

Price Gouging

The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office encourages citizens to report price gouging and scams by calling 1 (866) 9NO-SCAM or 1 (866) 966-7226.

Citizens should use caution when buying from a door-to-door salesperson or when signing blank insurance claim forms. Verify before you buy. Call the Department of Financial Services (DFS) Consumer Helpline at 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236) or www.MyFloridaCFO.com to find out if an insurance company and agent are licensed.

Individual Assistance from FEMA Available to Gadsden County Residents

Gadsden County has been declared for Individual Assistance by FEMA. Citizens may at www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1 (800) 621-3362.

When applying, FEMA will ask for the following information:

  • Address if damaged home or apartment
  • Names of people living in the household
  • Description of damages
  • Social Security Number
  • Contact phone number
  • Mailing address

Citizens are reminded to keep up with all documents, receipts and confirmation numbers.

Small Business Information

DEO has launched the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to provide short-term, interest-free loans to affects businesses at www.floridadisasterloan.org.

DEO has opened the Business Damage Assessment Survey for businesses impacted by Hurricane Michael. Businesses with damage should complete the survey at https://www.floridadisaster.biz/BusinessDamageAssessments

Businesses can also visit www.FloridaDisaster.biz to view tips for assessing storm damage and to register to receive updates on storm recovery.

Disaster Reemployment Assistance

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has made the Disaster Reemployment Assistance program available for Florida businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a result of Hurricane Michael. To file a DUA claim go to www.FloridaJobs.org or call 1-800-385-3920. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to assist claimants

Text Alerts

Citizens may text ALERTGADSDEN to 888 777 for up to date text alerts with emergency information. 

Gadsden County reminds citizens that information regarding shelters and distribution sites can be found online at www.GadsdenCountyFL.gov .

News Organizations
Information for news organization seeking details on the recovery effort taking place in Gadsden County.
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Municipalities
Chattahoochee, Greensboro, Gretna, Havana, Midway, Quincy
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Debris Removal
Information about debris removal for Gadsden County
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Bid Information
Due to Hurricane Michael, the following bid deadlines have been extended
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Housing Resources
Hurricane Michael Housing Repair Program
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9- B East Jefferson St, P.O. Box 1799, Quincy FL 32353