FEMA Hiring Florida Residents to Support Hurricane Irma Recovery
Residents of Florida who wish to apply should email their resumes to FEMA-Workforce-FL@fema.dhs.gov. Please include the word “Florida” and the name of the job they wish to be considered for in the subject line. A preferred contact method is requested; applicants may be contacted via email, phone, or mail regarding the interview, hiring and selection process.
Positions needed and expanded job descriptions are listed and updated at careers.fema.gov/hurricane-workforce. Paid, temporary positions include: Customer Service Specialists, Information Technology Specialists, Logistics Specialists, Translators and Interpreters in either Haitian Creole or Spanish, Historic Preservation Specialist and Environmental/Floodplain Specialist.
It is the policy of FEMA to provide equal opportunity to all employees and applicants in every aspect of their employment and working conditions. FEMA supports the concept of affirmative employment to ensure that personnel policies and practices provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or retaliation/reprisal.
Those hired will join the recovery team already in place, which is composed of local and federal workers, voluntary agencies, and community organizations. Through temporary local employees, FEMA gains valuable community insights, provides jobs, and allows Floridians to be on the front lines working to rebuild their community.
Hurricane Irma Debris Pick-up
The City of Pompano Beach’s recovery effort in response to Hurricane Irma is well underway. Clearing the roadways began immediately following the storm; disaster debris removal from the roadsides began on Friday, September 15th and will continue for several weeks. As is the case with all recovery efforts, the safety of our residents, visitors and business owners is of the utmost importance. The storm’s impact left widespread tree damage and vegetative debris. Clearing and removing disaster debris from our roadways and properties is a crucial part of the recovery effort.
In order to expedite the clean-up process, residents are urged to do the following:
- Separate vegetative debris from construction and demolition waste and put them into separate piles. These piles will be collected by different trucks and ultimately disposed of in different manners.
- DO NOT place normal bulk items (such as furniture, appliances, or building materials) out at this time. Regularly scheduled bulk pickup is suspended during this disaster debris removal effort and will resume after this effort is completed.
- Place debris piles at the curb, not in the roadway, in order for it to be removed. City crews and designated contractors WILL NOT be able to retrieve debris from private property. Please make all efforts not to cover sidewalks.
- Trash and recycling collection has resumed normal scheduled service. Continue to place trash in the gray cart and recyclables in the blue cart. Set carts out at the curb on your assigned collection days. Do not place carts within three feet of debris piles.
Crews will be making two concerted efforts to remove all of the disaster debris. Phase One is underway and should be completed by the end of next week; Phase Two is expected to begin by Monday, October 2nd. Please be patient while the City works to restore our roadways and neighborhoods. If your debris pile is removed and you find that there is more, place it curbside and it will be removed on the second pass.
The City of Pompano Beach appreciates your continued assistance and understanding during this major recovery effort.
Building Permit Fee Waiver
Effective 8:00 am, Monday, September 18, 2017 Building Permit Fees for Hurricane Irma damage repairs will be waived. This waiver will be in effect on a month to month basis until a decision is made to discontinue the waiver.
Tree Removal Permit Suspension
Urban forestry has temporarily suspended the requirement to obtain a tree removal permit for 30 days. The intent is to offer temporary relief from the permit process to allow for the immediate removal of trees and or palms causing hazardous conditions to persons or property. This does not negate the requirement to obtain a tree permit for the purpose of removal but allows property owners to remove hazard trees right away.
Requirement to obtain a tree permit will be reinstated on 10/16/17 and the replacement of trees must be obtained and performed by 10/17/19. Owners shall keep photographic or other documentation of the uprooted, hazardous, or damaged tree to be included in permit submittal.
Operation Blue Roof
In disaster areas, Operation Blue Roof is a program for homeowners who have damage to their roofs. The program sends licensed contractors out to homes to cover the damage with fiber-reinforced plastic sheeting (tarp) until homeowners can arrange repairs.
Operation Blue Roof allows residents to stay in their homes, instead of paying for temporary housing or hotels. The program also protects property while homeowners recover from the storm.
This is a free service to homeowners with homes that are primary residences or permanently occupied rental properties that have less than 50 percent structural damage. Vacation rental properties are not eligible for the program. Not all roof types qualify for the program (see No. 5 below).
1. The home must be the primary residence* of the person or household requesting the emergency roof covering; AND
2. The residence has more than 50 percent of the roof framing undamaged. The framing must support the plastic sheeting as a temporary repair, and be able to provide safe shelter once contractors install the tarp; AND
3. The resident certifies that he or she is the owner of the residence requested to be covered OR is a renter that has obtained legal permission to continue occupying the residence until more permanent repairs are made; AND
4. The resident certifies that they will shelter in the residence that they have requested to be covered; AND
5. The roof must be standard roof shingles, or a similar material that will allow contractors to nail the tarp in place. Contractors will consider repairs to metal roofs and mobile homes on a case-by-case basis and will install the cover if possible. Contractors cannot cover roofs made of materials such as slate, asbestos or clay tile, or other material which would be exceptionally difficult to repair, or would likely be damaged during tarp installation.
Operation Blue Roof is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
For more information please call Operation Blue Roof 1-800-ROOF-BLU
COPB Emergency Update
This is Mayor Lamar Fisher with a COPB emergency notification Hurricane Irma update message. The COPB has been working hard for over a week in preparation for the storm in order to keep residents safe. We continue to clear the streets of debris.
The City’s drinking water supply is safe to drink as we retained power and pressure throughout the hurricane by using emergency generators.
Regular garbage pick-up services will resume tomorrow, Tuesday, September 12th.
We are currently picking up bulk materials generated from the storm.
Recycling services will be suspended this week and will resume on Monday, September 18th.
What to Expect When You Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance
TIf you live in one of the disaster-designated Florida counties and experienced property damage or loss directly caused by Hurricane Irma, register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance – even if you have insurance. This can be an important step to begin the process of recovery.
You may register for assistance the following ways:
• At www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
• If you don’t have Internet access, you can call 800-621-3362.
• People who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 800-462-7585.
• For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
• These toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (EST) seven days a week until further notice.
FEMA assistance for individuals may include grants for rent, temporary housing and home repairs to their primary residences, as well as funding for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical, dental or funeral costs. If you have insurance, FEMA may still be able to assist with disaster-related expenses that were underinsured or not covered by your policy.
After you apply, a FEMA inspector will contact you to schedule an inspection. The inspection generally takes 30-40 minutes or less and consists of a general verification of your disaster-related losses and a review of ownership or residence records. There is no fee for the inspection. When a FEMA housing inspector comes to visit your home, be sure they show you proper identification. All FEMA inspectors have prominent photo identification badges. If you suspect someone is posing as a FEMA housing inspector, call our toll-free Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721, or call local law enforcement officials.
Once the inspection process is complete, your situation will be reviewed by FEMA. You will receive a letter by email or physical mail, depending on your preference, which outlines the decision about your claim. For more information about the inspection process, and documentation you will need to provide the inspector, visit the FEMA Individual Assistance Inspection Process page.
Know that you may receive a visit from more than one inspector throughout the recovery process. In addition to FEMA housing inspectors, representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration, state and local officials and inspectors for private insurance coverage also visit neighborhoods in affected areas. For more recovery information visit FEMA’s Hurricane Irma web page at www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma.
Utilites Oasis Reuse Service Interruption
FPL power has been restored at the Reuse Plant. Staff has made damage assessments of our equipment and the plant is now operational. Both the golf course and City irrigation distribution systems are fully charged and online.
Reuse service is now available for residential use. Thank you all for your patience and understanding of this recent service interruption.
With the expected arrival of Hurricane Irma this weekend, part of the Utilities Department’s Emergency Planning effort to secure and protect infrastructure, requires the shutdown of the reuse water service. In the event of any possible reuse distribution line breaks as the result of the hurricane, reuse water will not be wasted and contribute to the flooding from the anticipated rainfall.
Utilities will shut down reuse distribution pumps at noon on Friday September 8th, 2017, thereby terminating reuse water availability until after the hurricane passes. We will restore reuse water service after the hurricane as soon as our Plant and reuse distribution system are evaluated for damage, any needed repairs are made, and FPL power is available.
Florida Department of Health in Broward Closure
Due to Hurricane Irma, the Florida Department of Health in Broward County will be closed for services Thursday, September 7, 2017 and Friday September 8, 2017. Please call the Broward Emergency Hotline at 311 or (954) 831-4000, or go to http://broward.floridahealth.gov for updates as to when services will resume.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on wheels are getting 3-meal, shelf stable disaster meals and are providing them at no charge to folks who have no food and no way to get food – mostly those without power. They are orchestrating centralized meal drop sites at housing complexes, with distribution to residents by on-site volunteers and staff, as well as individual deliveries to the homebound disabled and seniors. For more information please call 954.714.6940 or visit www.mealsonwheelssouthflorida.org
For individuals with Disabilities that need assistance post Irma with repairs/damage to their home, taking down hurricane shutters, generators for power restoration, temporary living arrangements, wheelchairs, walkers and other medical devices please call the Center for Independent Living of Broward at 954-722-6400 or go to contact us on their website and fill in the form and someone will get back to you either Thursday, 9/14 or Friday, 9/15.