Time is running out for residents in northwest Florida affected by storms and flooding to apply for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency: tshe deadline to register is Monday, July 7.
Survivors in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Jackson, Okaloosa and Walton counties are eligible to apply for disaster assistance that may include money to help pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs or other serious disaster-related expenses.
Manna Food Pantries and the Escambia County School District are working on a deal to move the non-profit onto the site of an abandoned school. The property is the site of the former J. Lee Pickens School on Hayne Street in Pensacola which has been vacant for 20 years. Dee Dee Flounlacker, the Executive Director of Manna Food Pantries says the deal is just for the land, not the building which was demolished last month.
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated by Gov. Rick Scott. The program is a source of practical cash flow to small businesses in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties, which were affected by last month’s severe flooding.
Escambia County building inspectors report about 160 businesses in unincorporated areas have flood damage, 83 of which are major. Businesses in Pensacola have $6 million in damages, while 23 businesses in Santa Rosa County were hit.
A national charitable group is making a $10,000 donation to a local non-profit and you get to help decide which one gets the windfall.
Minor League Charities, a national cooperative effort of all minor league baseball teams across the country, is donating the money through the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Jonathon Griffith, Executive Vice President of the team said they decided to leave the choice of which non-profit gets the finds to the team's fans.
Representatives from the Florida State Emergency Response Team conducted a meeting Tuesday for public assistance applicants where SERT and FEMA reps outlined the available assistance and the eligibility standards.
Steve Hyatt, the Public Assistance Officer for the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s Bureau of Recovery, spoke at the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center. There to listen were people representing the local governments and various non-profits that took hits in last month’s storms and flooding.