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President Obama Signs Emergency Declaration for Florida

Release date: October 6, 2016
Release Number: HQ-16-73

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of Florida to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Matthew beginning on October 3, 2016, and continuing.

The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts that have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe for the counties of Baker, Brevard, Broward, Citrus, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, and Volusia.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to provide emergency protective measures (Category B), limited to direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program at 75 percent federal funding.

Terry L. Quarles has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.  Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further evaluation.

Follow FEMA online at,,, and  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate’s activities at

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications. 

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated: October 6, 2016 – 16:02
State/Tribal Government or Region: Florida
Related Disaster: Florida Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Hermine Clean-up Information

September 12, 2016

via Leon County Information Portal

Debris Removal Continues

Since Hurricane Hermine, crews have been removing debris and beginning Friday, Sept. 9, operations will expand to include residential and business service. Leon County, the City of Tallahassee, and the State of Florida will pick up and dispose of yard waste, demolition debris, and other materials. Citizens in the city limits and the unincorporated area will be serviced within two weeks.

All debris for collection should be placed curbside between the sidewalk or property line and the curb. Debris should be separated at the curb into the following categories: vegetative, construction and demolition, appliances and white goods, electronics, and household hazardous waste. As part of the debris removal plan, please note the following:  debris removal service will be performed for all citizens in Leon County and the City of Tallahassee yard waste will now be collected at the same time as storm debris until further notice  debris removal trucks will not pick up household garbage; Waste Pro will continue to collect trash and recycling perishable food waste should be placed in garbage containers for regular pick up  do not stack or lean debris against sprinkler heads, meters, poles, trees, backflows, and other structures.

For more information, contact either City of Tallahassee Solid Waste Services at (850) 891-4968 / or Leon County Solid Waste Management at (850) 606-1500 / .

Debris Removal FAQs

1. When does pickup begin?
Pickup on State highways will begin on Friday, September 9th. Pickup in the City and County will begin on Monday, September 12th .

2. When will trucks be in my neighborhood?
I can’t give an exact day. Pickup will begin on Monday, September 12th . All debris will be picked up within two weeks.

3. Will Waste Pro pickup yard debris also?
No, Waste Pro will only pick up household garbage and recycling on your normal pickup day. Yard waste will be collected at the same time as storm debris until further notice.

4. What types of debris is eligible for pickup? (See illustration for examples)
-Vegetative (Tree branches, leaves, logs), Construction & Demolition (building materials, dry wall, furniture), Appliances and White Goods (refrigerators, washers, dryers), Electronics, Household Hazardous Waste, and Bulky Items

5. What if I don’t have time to get debris out by Friday?
The debris company will come through your neighborhood multiple times. However, we don’t know the exact day. So, it’s best to get debris out as soon as possible.

6. Will trucks come on my private road?
Yes, debris on private roads will also be picked up. Services will be performed for all citizens in Leon County and the City of Tallahassee.

7. Where do I put my debris?
Debris should be placed curbside between the sidewalk or property line and the curb. Contractors will not go on private property to remove debris.

8. Do I have to separate my debris?
Yes, debris should be separated at the curb into the following categories: vegetative, construction and demolition, appliances and white goods, electronics, and household hazardous waste

9. Will they also pickup household garbage?
No, Waste Pro will continue to pick up household garbage.

10. Is there a cost for pickup?

11. Do I need to schedule for my debris pickup?
No, you do not need to schedule. Debris will be picked up on all City, County, and private roads within two weeks.

12. If I don’t want to wait two weeks for pickup, can I still take debris to the rural waste sites?
Yes, debris can still be taken to the Rural Waste Sites free of charge.


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Post Hermine Safety Tips

September 04, 2016

via City of Tallahassee

In the aftermath of a storm like Hurricane Hermine, many people think about their immediate needs of shelter, food, water, and safety. During the recovery process, the Tallahassee Police Department would like to provide some safety information to our residents. Most criminals are opportunists. They will prey on people during their weakest times and look for the path of least resistance to commit a crime. Crime prevention experts often remind people to be “hard targets” which means we need to make the act of committing a crime as hard as possible in order to deter the criminal.

Here are some tips to help make our citizens a hard target during the recovery phase of Hurricane Hermine:

Stay away from the person driving around your neighborhood trying to find business (unsolicited) as they go. This person may claim they are doing work for your neighbor or has leftover materials from another job.

Use contractors and service people you have used before or who have been recommended by trusted friends or neighbors.

Check to make sure the contractor you hire is licensed and ask to see proof of insurance. In Florida, you can check the status of their contractor license at Additional and helpful information on using a contractor can also be found on the webpage while verifying a license.

Get several estimates before choosing someone to do the job. Verify their insurance and check to make sure they are bonded.

Don’t give service people money to buy materials up front. Florida law requires a contactor to apply for a permit within 30 days and start work within 90 days if more than 10% is collected up front. For more information, please go to

Do not sign any paperwork claiming the work was completed or make a final payment until you are satisfied with the work.

Be aware of price gouging in the area. If there is a gross disparity between the pre-storm price and after storm price, this is price gouging. The law pertaining to price gouging is only in effect within the county where there is a declared state of emergency. If you suspect price gouging, report it to the Florida Attorney General’s Office by calling 1-866-9-NO-SCAM. More information can be located on their webpage

Charity scams are also popular in the aftermath of a hurricane such as Hermine. Be aware of any solicitors using high pressure tactics or are hesitant to provide information about the charity. A good rule of thumb is to donate to reputable charities you are familiar with in the area.

Water Testing and Treatment Scams are another popular scam. If someone tries to identify themselves as a utility worker, ask for identification and call the utility company to verify their status. For the City of Tallahassee Utilities, you can call (850) 891-4968.

There are many scams and other criminal acts which can occur after a natural disaster. Take your time and ensure you are making the best decision for your financial investment as well as working with your insurance company. If you have any questions, please visit the websites listed above or call the Tallahassee Police Department at 850-891-4200. Visit us on our social media sites for updated information pertaining to storm recovery and crime prevention tips.

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