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Florida Department of Transportation Road Closure Updates

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

•              Aquaduct Street is closed at US 19 in Homosassa Springs

W. Aquaduct Street is closed beginning September 19, between US 19 and S. Pittsburgh Avenue, for underground utility installation work. It is expected to reopen the morning of September 22.

DETOUR: Drivers can use W. Homosassa Trail, S. Pittsburgh Avenue, and W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard as an alternate route.

•              Periodic night lane closures on northbound US 19 in Homosassa Springs

Periodic lane closures may take place on northbound US 19 from W. Green Acres Street to S. Jump Court between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. September 19 – 21, nights. Be alert to possible lane shifts. Please use caution while in the area.

Commissioner Scott Carnahan Appointed to National Caucus

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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Board of County Commissioners Chairman Scott Carnahan has been appointed to the National Association of Counties (NACo) Rural Action Caucus (RAC) by NACo’s President Roy Charles Brooks. RAC engages in a wide range of issues facing rural counties including economic development, healthcare and human services, technology and telecommunications, and energy and natural resources.

RAC members play a critical role in advancing legislative and policy priorities important to the nation’s counties. Specifically, RAC members help advance policy priorities of the association through strategic advocacy efforts in Congress and the Administration. On his appointment to RAC, Commissioner Carnahan said, “I am tremendously honored by this appointment and look forward to contributing and learning as a member of the NACo’s Rural Action Caucus. Having a seat on the RAC will provide Citrus County a voice at the national level.”

Throughout the year, RAC members participate in regular conference calls and receive email updates from NACo staff to stay up to date on matters relevant to the group's work. At the NACo legislative and annual conferences, RAC meets to hear federal legislative and policy updates, discuss best practices and develop strategic advocacy initiatives around key county priorities.

Caucus appointments run from August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018. The RAC chair for 2017-2018 is County Judge J.D. Clark of Wise County, Texas and Vice Chairs are Rebecca Benally, Commissioner, San Juan County, Utah; Kenneth Dahlstedt, Commissioner, Skagit County, Washington; James Ebert, Commissioner, Weber County, Utah; Timothy Roussel, Parish President, St. James Parish, Louisiana and Arlanda Williams, Councilwoman, Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, Louisiana. For more information on NACo’s Rural Action Caucus visit: http://www.naco.org/advocacy/rural-action-caucus .

What to Expect When You Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

What to Expect When You Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance

1.       Register for FEMA disaster assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

a.       If you do not have web access, you can register by telephone.

b.       Standard telephone number: 800-621-3362

c.       If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY: call 800-462-7585

d.       If you are using  711 or Video Relay Service (VRS): call 800-621-3362.

e.       Telephone numbers operate 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET seven days a week.

2.        FEMA assistance for individuals may include grants for rent, temporary housing and                        home repairs to primary residences, as well as funding for other serious disaster-                            related needs.

a.        If individuals have insurance, FEMA may still assist with disaster-related expenses that were underinsured or not covered by other policies.

3.        A FEMA inspection happens only after an individual applies for assistance.

a.       The FEMA contracted home inspector contacts the individual to schedule the                                 inspection.

b.       The inspection generally takes 30-40 minutes or less.

c.       Inspection consists of a verification of disaster-related losses and a review of                               ownership or residence records.

d.       The FEMA Individual Assistance Inspection Process webpage has extensive information                   about the inspection process and documentation needed. For more information, go to                     www.FEMA.gov and search for FEMA Inspection Process.

4.      When a FEMA contracted home inspector comes to a home, you should check for proper                  idrentification in the form of a prominent badge with the inspector’s photograph.

a.       If you suspect that someone is posing as a FEMA housing inspector, call the toll-free                      Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or call local law-enforcement officials.

5.       After your inspection, several steps happen.

a.       FEMA reviews your application.

b.       You receive a letter by email or physical mail, depending on your preference, which                         outlines the decision about the claim.

        6.        For more recovery information visit FEMA’s Hurricane Irma web page at                                         //www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma.

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