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FEMA approves $1.4 million for college’s 2014 damage

FEMA approves $1.4 million for college’s 2014 damage

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $1.4 million to reimburse Pensacola State College for repairs to buildings on the campus and to replace contents damaged during severe storms and flooding that occurred in spring 2014. The $1,410,531 grant amounts to 75 percent of the total cost of the repairs to be […]

Ham Radio in the spotlight during field day

Ham Radio in the spotlight during field day

Steve VanDenAkker is the assistant Santa Rosa County ARES Emergency Coordinator and has been using amateur radios for more than 30 years. “I like the fact that, in essence, you can take a car battery and piece of wire and hook it up to a radio and talk half-way around the world with someone,” VanDenAkker […]

Residents learn about county flood-zone changes

Residents learn about county flood-zone changes

More than 100 Santa Rosa County residents showed up to two meeting Sept. 28 and 29 to discuss changes to the county’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and the potential effects on their flood insurance costs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is updating coastal region FIRMs across the nation, and Santa Rosa’s potential changes […]

Potential flood maps available for review

Potential flood maps available for review

Proposed changes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood hazard maps for Santa Rosa County were made public Thursday, Sept. 22, for public review. Residents and property owners can view potential changes to their flood zone coding, whether they will be listed at a higher or lower risk by checking an interactive map online. […]

REBUILD hardened home survives Century tornado

REBUILD hardened home survives Century tornado

What started as a grassroots effort by a group of people in response to Hurricane Ivan in 2005, has turned into REBUILD Northwest Florida, a nonprofit that has received more than $89 million in FEMA funds and has “hurricane hardened” 12,000 homes. Read the full article in the Feb. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Navarre Beach Restoration to begin in March

Navarre Beach Restoration to begin in March

Weeks Marine won the bid for the Navarre Beach restoration project and operations are expected to commence in March with completion in mid-June. Weeks Marine is the same company that performed the Navarre Beach restoration in 2006 and was the low bidder coming in at $14,920,300 – $3 million less than the original estimate. The […]

D.C. official visits Santa Rosa – aims to increase flood insurance buys

D.C. official visits Santa Rosa – aims to increase flood insurance buys

PHOTO: FEMA Representative Vince Brown, left, and Region IV FEMA liaison Larry Fordham discuss Santa Rosa County flooding issues. Santa Rosa County had a special visitor Oct. 2. Vince Brown, a FEMA official who works in the agency’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, traveled to Milton to plan an upcoming flooding awareness campaign which kicks off at Navarre Park in […]

Tennis court renovations to start soon

Tennis court renovations to start soon

Gulf Breeze City officials expect repairs to the tennis courts at Shoreline Park to begin soon and be completed within 60 days. The City Council approved a contract Aug 4. at a cost of just less than $285,000. “This is absolutely a FEMA eligible project,” City Manager Edward “Buz” Eddy told members of the city council. “There […]

Update: FEMA deadline extended

Update: FEMA deadline extended

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced July 2 that the deadline to apply for aid for residents impacted by the April 29 flood has been extended until 10 p.m., July 21. Applications can be made online at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. The original deadline had been set at 10 p.m., July 7. Read more […]

Limited access at Ramblewood Drive

Limited access at Ramblewood Drive

Santa Rosa County announced June 17 that Ramblewood Drive will have limited access until the end of July. Contractors will be removing sections of the southbound lane to install 1,000 feet of concrete drainage pipe. Construction should wrap up in early fall pending no significant weather delays. The approximately $870,000 project is designed to reduce flooding […]

Santa Rosa County approved for FEMA help

Santa Rosa County approved for FEMA help

According to Santa Rosa County, the major disaster declaration for the state of Florida has been amended to include the Public Assistance Program for Santa Rosa County.  Through the PA program, FEMA provides supplemental federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities. […]

Disaster Recovery Centers open to little fanfare

Disaster Recovery Centers open to little fanfare

After the federal disaster declaration was made May 6, Santa Rosa County requested Disaster Recovery Centers be opened as quickly as possible, and the first one opened Saturday in the Gulf Breeze Community Center. During the first 30 minutes, only about two dozen residents had stopped by seeking assistance. A second Disaster Recovery Center opened Sunday […]