FEMA visits Manatee County to help residents register for damage assistance after Hurricane Irma

FEMA representatives will be in Manatee County this week and early next week to assist Manatee County residents hoping to receive damage assistance related to Hurricane Irma. 

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FEMA will be at the following locations: 

  • October 7th - 10th at the Desoto Square Mall.  Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Residents who attend one of the assistance dates should bring the following: 

  • One social security number per household
  • The address of the damaged home or apartment
  • A description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • A telephone number
  • A mailing address
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds
     

Residents of Manatee County with roof damage caused by Hurricane Irma can now sign up for assistance with "Operation Blue Roof." 

"Operation Blue Roof" is a program managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Their purpose of the program is to "provide homeowners in disaster areas with fiber-reinforced plastic sheeting to cover their damaged roofs until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs." 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be in Bartow starting Wednesday to provide no-cost temporary repairs for roofs damaged by Hurricane Irma.
 
Representatives from the Corps will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bartow Municipal Airport, 5253 Airport Blvd. in Bartow.
 
Only primary residences with standard shingled roofs are eligible for the program. Metal roofs and mobile homes will be repaired as practical on a case-by-case basis. However, roofs with 50 percent or more structural damage are not eligible.
 
To get assistance, you must sign a form to allow Corps staff and contractors to access your property. Those forms can be filled out at the Bartow Airport location. 
 
The program is free and there is never a charge for services. Also, please note the Corps staff does not call residents to sign up.

For more information about Operation Blue Roof and eligibility requirements, call 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258), or visit http://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Emergency-Operations/National-Response-Framework/Temporary-Roofing/.

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