I have compiled pages on my website with information from local and federal agencies regarding the status of Hurricane Irma relief and resources for help, as well as county-specific emergency response updates. As the hurricane recovery effort continues, we will keep these pages updated with information. To view these, visit: www.webster.house.gov/hurricane-irma-information.
Local, state and federal authorities have commenced the rebuilding operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. I applaud the work authorities across all levels have put into the preparation strategies for this storm. Our state has once again shown its resilience in the face of natural disasters. More than 30,000 restoration personnel have been activated to help restore power as quickly as possible.
The Florida Department of Transportation is coordinating with other states to deploy additional resources to Florida; 13 traffic management centers are monitoring traffic cameras (For real-time traffic information and updated evacuation route in formation, visit www.FL511.com).
Almost 600 shelters are open throughout our state, housing almost 250,000 individuals. Among those, more than 90 are special needs shelters (More information for shelters in your area can be found on www.floridadisaster.org/shelters).
I know many have sustained property damage due to the storm. I have contacted state and federal officials to have FEMA to include our counties in their individual disaster assistance declaration so you can begin the application process. More information will be added to my webpage as information comes in from FEMA.
As you work to clean up your homes and property, please be careful to avoid scammers. Do not accept restoration or tree trimming assistance from someone who is asking for payment on the spot and is not a utility employee or contractor.
Congressman Daniel Webster represents The Villages in the U.S. House of Representatives.