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Monroe County hosts community meeting in Big Pine Key

Monroe County will host a community meeting to provide information and answer questions about the recovery efforts for Hurricane Irma, which struck the Florida Keys one month ago. Hurricane Irma Recovery Community Meeting When: Friday, Oct. 13 Time 4 p.m. Where: Keys Community Church, 30300 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key Who: Monroe County Mayor George Neugent; Assistant County Administrator Kevin…

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FIRM hosts free insurance claims forums

FIRM, with the support of Monroe County, is hosting a series of free forums October 13-15 called “Navigating Post-Irma Insurance Claims.”  Representatives from FIRM, the Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Consumer Services, FEMA, Citizens Property Insurance Corp., and the Monroe County Bar Association will be on hand to explain processes and policyholder rights…

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Bar Associations continue to offer free legal assistance

The Cuban American Bar Association (CABA) and the Monroe County Bar Association (MCBA) will again be assisting survivors of Hurricane Irma with FREE storm-related legal assistance this Saturday, October 7 at Hyatt Place/Faro Blanco Resort, 1996 Overseas Hwy. in Marathon, from 11 am to 4 pm.  CABA is hosting this event in conjunction with Senator Rubio,…

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Resources are Available to FEMA’s Diverse Audience

FEMA is committed to assisting survivors affected by Hurricane Irma throughout the recovery process. FEMA encourages you to make your requests known and get the support you need. To date, more than 2.1 million registrations have been received. Asking for and receiving FEMA assistance does not change benefits from Social Security, food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid,…

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Task Force Dagger helping with clean up UPDATE

UPDATE:  Task Force Dagger is no longer helping with clean up in Monroe County. (10-11-17)   The Task Force Dagger Foundation (TFD) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that supports the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and they have been doing clean up work for people in Monroe County. If you have a need for their assistance or…

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Irma mitigation outreach at Home Depot in Key West

FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand at the Home Depot in Key West, 2811 N. Roosevelt Blvd., to answer questions and offer home improvement tips along with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters as well as offer tips and techniques to build hazard-resistant homes. Most of the information and the…

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Center now open in Islamorada

A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opened Sunday October 1 in Islamorada to help Florida storm survivors. Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the State, are available to provide assistance to anyone with filling…

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National Guard to assist with removal of interior storm damage

In cooperation with Monroe County Emergency Management, the National Guard is beginning today a free short-term program in which guard members will remove interior storm damage from residents’ homes as part of the first step to make these homes livable again. Visit the Monroe County Emergency Management blog to read the full details.

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Center open in Key West

A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Thursday, Sept. 28 in Key West to help Florida storm survivors. Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the State, are available to provide assistance to anyone with…

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Monroe County Substantial Damage Assessment & Floodplain Regulations

Today on Monroe County Emergency Management’s blog, there is an article about “substantial damage” assessments, as defined by the National Flood Insurance Program. Substantial damage applies to a damaged structure in a Special Flood Hazard Area for which the total cost of repairs is 50 percent or more of the structure’s adjusted market value before…

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