Hurricane Irma Update 9/20/17
Town Staff continues to work closely with Palm Beach County Emergency Management to provide accurate information to our residents.
FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center will open Wednesday, September 20 in Palm Beach County to help Florida storm survivors. The DRC will open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Sunday until Further notice. The DRC address is Carolyn Sims Center - 225 NW 12 Avenue Boynton Beach, FL 33435
For more information: https://www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or FEMA help line 800-621-3362.
SUSPICIOUS CONTRACTORS/SCANS - The aftermath of a storm can bring out the best in disaster-affected communities, but such events can also attract opportunists, con artists and unlicensed Public Adjusters. Some signs to avoid in hiring a contractor:
- Demands cash or full payment up front for repair work
- Has no physical address or identification
- Asks you to sign something you have not had time to review
- wants your personal financial information to start the repair or lending process
Fraud Tip Hotline 1-800-378-0445
Consumer Helpline 1-877-693-5236
Public Assistance Fraud Hotline 1-866-762-2237
Also, a contractor in the Town of Hypoluxo is required to have a contractor registration and will provide proof of insurance and their licenses to the Town. You may contact Town Hall to verify that the contractor is registered at 561-582-0155.
STATE ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IS AVAILABLE.
More information can be found at: www.floridadisasterloan.org Federal assistance for businesses is available.
More information can be found at: www.disasterassistance.gov
Federally regulated Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have come together to get the word out about mortgage relief options for those affected by recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Irma. More information can be found at: https://seacccop.wordpress.com/
HELP FOR SENIORS
If you know of a senior who needs assistance call 9-1-1 and contact the Florida Department of Elder Affairs hotline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337). To report elder abuse, call 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873).
If you need supplies, such as food, water, or ice, please contact your county emergency management at: http://www.floridadisaster.org/fl_county_em.asp or by phone at (850) 815-4001 for the location of the nearest distribution center. Your county emergency management can provide up–to-date information about shelters and local distribution centers for food and supplies.
Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma should apply for assistance with FEMA as soon as their county is granted Individual Assistance. Financial help and direct services may be available from FEMA for clean-up, temporary housing, medical, moving expenses, and more.
To apply visit: www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) TTY: 1-800-462-7585. For a list of counties approved for Individual Assistance visit: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4337#.
HELP FOR VETERANS
Veterans needing assistance or medication can contact the Veteran Disaster Hotline at 1-800-507-4571 or go to any VA medical facility for assistance.
To find a dialysis center in your area visit: http://www.dialysisunits.com/. Patients of DaVita Dialysis may contact 1-800-400-8331 to find the nearest Dialysis Center.
If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress please call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor. You may also visit: http://bit.ly/2vH2Huc for more information about managing stress after a disaster and talking with children about traumatic events.
Floridians in counties granted Individual Assistance may be eligible for tax relief from the IRS. To learn more about IRS assistance for victims of Hurricane Irma visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/help-for-victims-of-hurricane-irma.
DISASTER RECOVERY LOANS
The U.S. Small Business Administration is providing various disaster loans to qualifying Floridians in several counties. For more information about SBA disaster loans visit: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-irma.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides loans and assistance to qualifying individuals, businesses, and communities after disasters. For more information visit: https://www.usda.gov/topics/disaster/storms, or contact the USDA office in Florida at: (352) 338-3400.
DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
Floridians who are unemployed as a result of the disaster are encouraged to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) through the U.S. Department of Labor. For additional information about DUA visit: https://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/disaster.asp or contact the U.S. Department of Labor by phone at 1-866-487-2365.
To find out if you qualify for temporary mortgage relief such as a suspension of mortgage payments for up to 12 months, or suspension of late fees, visit the Freddie Mac website at: http://www.freddiemac.com/about/hurricane-relief.html. For additional information visit the Fannie Mae website at: http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-fm/hurricane-relief.html or by phone at 1-800-2FANNIE (800-232-6643).
HURRICANE RESPONSE HIRING
The U.S. Small Business Administration is hiring a variety of temporary positions located throughout Florida now through December 31, 2017. For more information visit: https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-response-jobs-sba#section-header-4
As our community recovers from Hurricane Irma, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County offers these tips to home owners when putting their debris piles at the curb:
Residents are encouraged to pile yard waste, such as branches, limbs and tree trunks (less than 6 feet in length) at the curb as soon as they can.
However, yard waste debris in plastic bags should not be placed on these large piles. Any yard waste placed in bags and cans at the curb will be picked up beginning Tuesday, Sept. 19 by regular curbside collection haulers, along with small vegetation piles that are 4 cubic yards or less.
Emergency debris collection teams are only removing the large piles of yard waste on the first pass. Construction debris, such as fencing, will be removed during the next pass. Mixed yard waste with construction debris or other trash will be collected last.
Waste and debris should continue to be separated into three different piles at the curb:
1. Put garbage and recyclables out by 6 a.m. on your regularly scheduled day. These will be picked up first to remove any spoiled food.
2. Put all vegetation only in a second pile.
3. And, put all other construction storm debris in a third pile.
Be sure to keep these three piles separate and away from:
· Fire hydrants
· Power line equipment, such as poles, transformers, downed electrical wiring
· Storm drains
· Water meters
Palm Beach County residents are asked for patience during this emergency collection effort. There is a tremendous amount of yard waste at the curb, and everyone will have their debris collected in a safe manner. In the two collection days after the storm, there has been an almost 30 percent increase in waste collected compared to the week prior to the storm. This percentage is only expected to increase.
The SWA anticipates the cleanup to take approximately 6 to 8 weeks. Once the emergency collection teams are done, the 6 cubic yard rule will once again be enforced.
www.pbcgov.com for helpful information.
Treat all non operating traffic lights as 4 way stops.
RR Crossings gates are secured in the up position - please heed warnings to the signal lights.
Palm Beach County, www.pbcgov.com
National Hurricane Center, www.nhc.noaa.gov
Florida Division of Emergency Management, www.floridadisaster.org