Moore About Business: Cape Coral Town Hall provided FEMA Updates one month after the storm.

It was wall-to-wall residents at the City of Cape Coral’s FEMA meeting on November 3rd. Speakers included representatives from FEMA at the state and local levels, Public Assistance, the SBA and the Cape Coral City Planner.

The information given to the residents dealt with a variety of relevant topics.

A major announcement was the opening of the new Cape Coral FEMA Disaster Recovery Center at the Lake Kennedy Center, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd., open daily from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm Bob Vogel, FEMA Division Supervisor in Lee County, shared a timeline of FEMA accomplishments in Lee County So far.

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“Hurricane Ian happened on Wednesday September 28th; on October 2nd the first FEMA checks were made; on October 3rd the first FEMA payments were made. As of November 3rd, 56,045 FEMA records were in the system, 11,757 checks were made, 11,508 checks are being processed,” Vogel said .

He continued, “As of November 3, $21,584,650 in homeowner assistance grants had been awarded and $6,365,000 in individual rental assistance payments had been made: $892,810 had been paid for flood insurance coverage in Cape Coral.”

FEMA’s Director of Personal Assistance, Marcus Bryant, shared specific ways FEMA is helping people.

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“We offer housing assistance; repair and rent assistance; transitional shelter assistance and other needs assistance, known as ONA; personal property exchange, moving, medical and dental assistance and moving and storage services,” Bryant said.

Kevin Guthrie, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the state’s coordinating officer, spoke about the state’s non-community travel trailer protection program, which is temporary housing only, and is known as Transitional Sheltering Assistance, or TSA.

“We’ll be here 3-5 years, or until the area is fully recovered,” Guthrie assured the crowd. “The travel threshold for state non-community shelters is much lower than FEMA’s trailer housing program.” The state program, he explained, is for 6 months, while the FEMA program is for 18 months. He also noted that if you have a second home anywhere, you are not eligible for the FEMA trailer temporary housing program.

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There were many other important issues discussed at the town hall meeting. You can watch the entire show on cape-tv.com or listen below.

CapeCoral TownHall FEMA Update 110322.mp3



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