Florida home damage from tornado

Palm Beach County leaders hope the Federal Emergency Management Agency will soon provide individual assistance to the dozens of county residents without homes due to tornadoes caused by Hurricane Ian. District 5 County Commissioner Maria Sachs and U.S. Representative Lois Frankel confirm that FEMA conducted additional damage assessments at Kings Point on Thursday. Fifty-eight units in Kings Point are now uninhabitable due to last week’s tornadoes. FEMA still has not granted Palm Beach County residents eligibility for Individual Assistance. Click here to see which counties in Florida are eligible for Individual Assistance through FEMA. Palm Beach County tornado victims hope to become eligible for individual assistance from FEMA Sachs says she and other county leaders are working hard to get Palm Beach County added to the list of counties eligible for individual assistance from FEMA. “Sachs said. “The county has been very, very proactive in getting all of our information to the feds to get us qualified. “These are my people here in Kings Point. They are old and they need help, and they need help today. It’s our money. We paid the federal government for it, and we need it, so whatever it takes, the county did their due diligence to send the documentation to Washington, D.C. We reached out to our federal partners,” he said. she declared. to buildings caused by Hurricane Ian…Assessing the damage is a critical step in providing residents with the long-term recovery they need.” Monday: “I have been in close contact with the White House and FEMA and they’re going through a process to help the most devastated areas first…I’m confident we’ll get the help we need. ent from the Florida Division of Emergency Management: “When we requested our major disaster declaration, our recovery team requested all programs for all 67 counties in Florida. Initial damage assessments were conducted by local officials in Palm Beach County, which were later provided to FEMA The damage appears to be isolated and FDEM has deployed a team to assist the county in gathering additional information Determining exactly what programs can be activated for Palm Beach is directly correlated to the findings that our staff find in the damage assessments I mentioned earlier to provide support in determining Palm Beach County’s eligibility for salvage programs. Assessments are ongoing.” The Florida Division of Emergency Management did not provide a timeline for the assessments. Kings Point where several units are now doomed. His unit was not damaged, but he says displaced residents constantly call him asking for updates. What is happening?’ I have nothing to say to them because I don’t know how the bureaucracy is. It’s moving slowly, actually, for us. We need help right now,” Gomez said. “I feel really helpless. I wish I could help with information, positive information, the information I have is scarce, and it’s not what they want to hear, and I fear for them. I don’t know if they’ll be back.” Help from management company Vesta Property Services, which manages properties in Kings Point, is providing financial assistance to residents displaced by the storm. Click here to view the letter from the company to the residents regarding this financial assistance.

Palm Beach County leaders hope the Federal Emergency Management Agency will soon provide individual assistance to the dozens of county residents without homes due to tornadoes caused by Hurricane Ian.

District 5 County Commissioner Maria Sachs and U.S. Representative Lois Frankel confirm that FEMA conducted additional damage assessments at Kings Point on Thursday. Fifty-eight units in Kings Point are now uninhabitable due to last week’s tornadoes.

FEMA still has not granted Palm Beach County residents eligibility for Individual Assistance. Click here to see which counties in Florida are eligible for Individual Assistance through FEMA.

FEMA officials in Washington, DC, do not share if or when a decision will be made regarding Palm Beach County’s potential eligibility for individual FEMA assistance.

Palm Beach County tornado victims hope to become eligible for individual FEMA assistance

Sachs says she and other county leaders are doing everything they can to have Palm Beach County added to FEMA’s list of counties eligible for individual assistance.

“We’re working on it,” Sachs said. “The county has been very, very proactive in getting all of our information to the feds to get us qualified.”

“These are my people here at Kings Point. They’re old and they need help, and they need help today. It’s our money. We paid it to the federal government, and we need, so whatever takes, the county did their due diligence in getting the documentation to Washington, D.C. We reached out to our federal partners,” she said.

U.S. Representative Lois Frankel (D-21) provided the following statements to WPBF 25 News:

Thursday: “I was with FEMA, State and County workers at Kings Point today as they surveyed the destruction to buildings caused by Hurricane Ian… Damage assessment is a step crucial to providing residents with the long-term recovery they need.”

Monday: “I’ve been in close contact with the White House and FEMA and they’re following a process to help the most devastated areas first…I’m confident we’ll get the help we need.”

Statement from the Florida Division of Emergency Management:

“When we requested our major disaster declaration, our recovery team requested all programs for all 67 counties in Florida. Initial damage assessments were conducted by local Palm Beach County officials, which were then provided to FEMA. The damage appears to be isolated, and FDEM has deployed a team to help the county gather additional information. I mentioned earlier.

“The county has submitted its submission, and we have state personnel on the ground with the county actively conducting assessments to help provide support to determine Palm Beach County’s eligibility for recovery programs. evaluations are in progress.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management did not provide a timeline for the assessments.

Reaction from Kings Point residents

Leonardo Gomez is the secretary of the board of directors of Normandy E, a condominium in Kings Point where several units are now condemned.

His unit was not damaged, but he says displaced residents constantly call him asking for updates.

“They’re constantly calling and texting me, ‘What’s the news? What’s going on?’ I don’t have anything to say to them because I don’t know how the bureaucracy is. It’s going slowly actually, for us. We need help right now,” Gomez said. “I feel really helpless. I wish I could help with information, positive information, the information I have is scarce, and it’s not what they want to hear, and I’m scared for them. I don’t know if they will come back.

Help from the management company

Vesta Property Services, which manages properties in Kings Point, is providing financial assistance to residents displaced by the storm. Click here to view the company’s letter to residents regarding this financial assistance.

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