Collaborative Effort Moves Florida Hurricane Recovery Forward

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Households have received $497 million to pay rent. Policyholders have been paid nearly $855 million on more than 28,000 claims to repair and rebuild. Nearly 43,000 volunteers have contributed 1.5 million hours to muck out and repair homes. Additionally, 474 AmeriCorps volunteers have contributed 115,000 hours. FEMA provided travel trailers and apartment units to 318 households in Collier, Hendry, Lee and Monroe counties. These temporary housing arrangements keep survivors as close as possible to their schools, work and places of worship while they work on their individual recovery. From the Federal Emergency Management AgencySix Months after Hurricane Irma: By the numbers With extensive hurricane recovery experience, the state has forged strong connections with voluntary agencies; those relationships have fostered a network that strengthens help for survivors. More than 140 organizations stepped up to aid their fellow Floridians through voluntary organizations. National Flood Insurance Program Survivors continue working hard to repair, rebuild or find a new residence. This includes 29 households who received travel trailers and other FEMA-provided housing and have moved out because of their recovery progress. Also, more than 26,000 households in FEMA-funded hotels have found suitable, longer-term housing. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power program—or STEP—funds emergency repairs like fixing heating, air, plumbing and hot water systems and securing doors, walls and roofs. These repairs allow survivors to stay home while they fix their damaged residence. STEP has approved 189 projects, 69 are under construction and 69 have been completed. FEMA funds 75 percent of the cost while the state picks up 25 percent. Private Sector Some displaced survivors who needed a place to stay have also received temporary help with rental assistance and hotel room expenses. Please enter your name here Many received up to 50 percent advance payments—nearly $121 million—to minimize waiting for money to start work. U.S. Small Business Administration The SBA has approved low-interest disaster loans of $1.3 billion to 34,800 businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters who had hurricane-related losses. The agency is collaborating with more than 1,000 applicants—local and state government entities and certain private nonprofits—across Florida to reimburse hurricane-related expenses through FEMA’s Public Assistance program. Eligible projects include repairing or replacing disaster-damaged facilities and infrastructure, debris removal and emergency response activities. Due to the preparation of FEMA Region IV—in coordination with the Division of Emergency Management staff—Hurricane Irma survivors benefitted from new FEMA programs, such as the Direct Lease Program. The program provided 62 households in the hardest hit counties in Florida with temporary housing. The state will receive an additional 20 percent of the total estimated federal disaster assistance amount to fund projects that prevent or reduce disaster damage. The state works with communities to develop strategies on how best to use these funds. Florida receives increased funding—20 percent as opposed to the standard 15 percent—because it has developed a program that enhances community disaster resiliency. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here State and Federal Emergency Home Repairs Several federal agencies are working with local and state officials and the private sector to apply resources that will enhance resiliency in Florida communities. Specialists from the following agencies are identifying ways to help: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Commerce, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Interior, FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. More than 27,000 have participated in FEMA- and state-funded hotel stays. FEMA picks up 75 percent and the state pays       25 percent. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. FEMA UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 The State Nonprofits, volunteers and, FEMA liaisons continue to coordinate with 26 Florida communities to identify local recovery gaps and find resources to help. Survivors have received $173 million for home repairs to make them habitable. Helping people before, during, and after disasters.Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY    call 800-462-7585.FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. Long-term effortsRecovery partners have also established networks in the past six months to address unmet needs and enhance Florida’s disaster resiliency. This includes: Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Survivors also received nearly $68 million to replace certain household items. Nearly $7.1 million in disaster unemployment assistance has helped some Florida workers whose employment was affected by the hurricane. TAGSFEMAHurricane Irma Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleFlorida Hospital relief efforts continue in Puerto Rico Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR More than 180 companies in Florida used relationships with customers to relay ways to get help to 1.7 million people. Florida home improvement stores hosted events where more than 57,000 people obtained information about building hazard-resistant homes. Survivors Closed claims have averaged about $48,500. The state worked with FEMA to get all 102 applicants across the state quickly approved with necessary documentation to perform private property debris removal. The efficient approach to approving private property debris removal—and not requiring applicants to wait for final approval prior to starting the work—helped communities statewide expeditiously remove harmful debris. Please enter your comment! Florida recovery from Hurricane Irma continues to progress six months later due to private and public partnerships—and the hard work of survivors.Private entities and different levels of government have joined together to advance recovery many ways. Accomplishments include cleaning up, creating solutions to keep displaced survivors near home, developing recovery plans with communities and advancing financial help so Floridians could start repairing and rebuilding. Much has been accomplished but the recovery partnership will continue working together for the long haul.All numbers reported below are as of the week ending March 2nd.Volunteerslast_img read more

Murcia hacking hurts laborer

first_imgAccording to police investigators, Cacas andAguirre have a heated argument around 6 p.m. on Sept. 21. The 25-year-old Anesito Cacas sustained hackwounds on the body, a police report showed. This prompted Aguirre to hack Cacas, policesaid. Cacas was brought to the Corazon LocsinMontelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in this city for treatment.  Officersof the Murcia municipal police station conducted a manhunt operation againstAguirre, who fled after the incident./PNcenter_img Police identified the suspect as 48-year-oldRonilo Aguirre of Barangay Cabatangan, Talisay City, Negros Occidental. BACOLOD City – A laborer was hacked inBarangay Sta. Cruz, Murcia, Negros Occidental.last_img read more

Sumner County schools make little movement in latest KSHSAA Classification list released today

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Some might consider this to be the biggest sports day of the year in Kansas high school sports. The Kansas State High School Activities Association just released its football and all other sports classification lists. The classifications not only determines the schools post season assignments, but what teams they will be playing in hopes of securing a state championship.The two year football classification list for 2016-17 and 2017-18 released today is here.The annual “all other sports” classification list for 2015-16 is listed here.The Sumner County schools classifications for football (freshman to juniors) are:Wellington – Class 4A Div. I. – Enrollment: 359.Conway Springs – Class 3A – Enrollment: 146.Belle Plaine – Class 3A – Enrollment: 133.Oxford – 8-man Div. 1 – Enrollment: 74.Attica/Argonia – 8-man Div. 1 – Enrollment: 66.Caldwell – 8-man Div. II – Enrollment: 44.South Haven – 8-man Div. II – Enrollment: 53.Sumner County schools classifications for all other sports (freshman to seniors):Wellington – Class 4A – Enrollment: 469. KSHSAA did not break down the schools going Div. 1 and Div. II on this list.Conway Springs – Class 3A – Enrollment: 193.Belle Plaine – Class 3A – Enrollment: 177.  Oxford – Class 2A – Enrollment: 99.Argonia – Class 1A – Enrollment: 51 KSHSAA did not break down the schools going Div. 1 and Div. 22 on this list.Caldwell – Class 1A – Enrollment: 60.South Haven – Class 1A – Enrollment: 72.Analysis: Wellington –Football: For Wellington it is always about Andale, and the Indians are in Class 4A Div. 1 after playing two years in Class 4A Div. II. This means Wellington is likely to have to deal with the Indians somewhere down the line in district or a post-season play. Andale was the smallest school in Div. 1 with 320 students. Oh, so close.Winfield and Ulysses are still in Class 4A Div. 1. After weeks of speculation, Andover Central is still in 4A D1 as is McPherson. All everything Bishop Miege in the Kansas City area is still in the classification which means the state championship may still be out of reach for two more years.All other sports: The division between D1 and DII will be of keen interest for Wellington. Again, the official list has not been released, but one probably can figure it out with a calculator. Wellington is likely to be Div. 1. Andover Central has dipped from 5A to 4A Div. I. Not sure where Andale is in the pecking order for all other sports.Six other Sumner County teams –Football: Wichita Collegiate to the joy of Class 3A has moved up to Class 4A Div. II. Next year, Argonia-Attica will move up to 8-man Div. 1 after being in Div. II these past two years.All other sports: There was no classification movement for Sumner County schools. Oxford stayed in Class 2A by five students.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more