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If you have trees on your private property that are posing a risk to your home, contact your insurance company to see if they can offer assistance in mitigating that risk.  If you can’t contact your agent or insurance company, call the Department of Financial Services (DFS) for assistance at   1-800-22-STORM or (850) 413-3089. The Department of Financial Services’ Insurance Consumer Helpline is a toll-free hotline that connects consumers across Florida with insurance experts who can answer questions about what may or may not be covered under a specific home or auto policy. They can also connect consumers with the appropriate contact information for their specific carrier and help to mediate any issues that may arise when communicating about a claim. Helpline experts are available Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm EST by calling 1-877-693-5236.
If you do not have homeowners insurance and cannot afford to pay for tree cutting services, contact the Nassau County Emergency Operations Center at (904) 548-0900. The County will try to coordinate your needs with volunteer groups that can provide those services on private property.    



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Declaration Process
Individual Assistance

A governor may determine, after consulting with local government officials, that the recovery appears to be beyond the combined resources of both the state and local governments and that federal assistance may be needed.  In requesting supplemental Federal assistance under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5206 (Stafford Act), the Governor must certify that the severity and magnitude of the disaster exceed state, tribal and local capabilities; certify that Federal assistance is necessary to supplement the efforts and available resources of the state and local governments, disaster relief organizations, and compensation by insurance for disaster related losses; confirm execution of the state's emergency plan; and certify adherence to cost sharing requirements.
To help make the determination, teams of officials from FEMA and State/Local municipalities conduct a thorough assessments called Preliminary Disaster Assessments (PDA) of the impacted area to determine the extent of the disaster, its impact on individuals and public facilities, and the types of federal assistance that may be needed.  
When evaluating the requests for major disasters and making recommendations to the President, FEMA considers the following factors from the PDAs for an Individual Assistance Program:
Concentration of damage – High concentrations of damages to individuals, such as destroyed or damaged housing, may indicate a greater need for Federal assistance than widespread and scattered damages. These damages are for primary residences only. 
Trauma – The degree of trauma to the community is considered, with special attention to large numbers of injuries and deaths, large scale disruptions to normal community functions and services, and emergency needs, such as extended or widespread losses of power or water.
Special populations – FEMA considers the impact of the disaster on special populations, such as the low-income, the elderly, and the unemployed.
Voluntary agency assistance – The capabilities of voluntary, faith, and community-based organizations are taken into consideration, as these entities play an important role in meeting both the emergency and recovery needs of individuals impacted by disasters.
Insurance – Stafford Act assistance is supplemental in nature, and therefore the level of insurance coverage is taken into account; primarily to qualify the scope of necessary assistance.
Damaged residences –severity and number – When conducting joint Preliminary Damage Assessments, FEMA evaluates the total number of homes destroyed and damaged, as well as evaluates the accessibility and habitability of the dwellings and the community.
The determination of which programs are authorized is based on the types of assistance specified in the Governor or Tribal Chief Executive’s request and the needs identified during the joint PDA and subsequent PDAs.  Assistance to individuals and households, through Individual Assistance may include:
o Individuals and Households Program
o Crisis Counseling Program
o Disaster Case Management
o Disaster Unemployment Assistance
o Disaster Legal Services
o Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program



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Debris Removal for County Maintained Roads to Begin Monday, October 17th and Three Debris Drop-Off Locations Established

 
The Board of County Commissioners met in a Special Meeting on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm. At this meeting the Board approved to pick up debris resulting from Hurricane Matthew on county maintained roads. Debris pickup is scheduled to begin at dawn on Monday, October 17th and will go through dusk, seven (7) days a week until completed. Specific routes for pickup are still being determined.

Debris will be picked up from the County right of way. Residents should leave their debris close to the edge of the road without jeopardizing public safety. Only yard debris and construction/demolition debris will be picked up. This includes items such as leaves, plants, logs and tree limbs, as well as shingles, fencing, drywall, lumber and carpet. Items should be taken to the curb and separated by categories. Household hazardous waste (paint cans, batteries, and electronics) will not be picked up.

Residents are advised that garbage bags will not be picked up, and any yard debris in bags will not be picked up.

Three sites will also be available for citizens to take yard debris. Proof of Nassau County residency is required to use these sites. Proof of residency may include a government issued ID, a utility bill, etc. The following sites will accept vegetative debris only and will not be able to accept construction/demolition debris:
Bailey Road Maintenance Yard in Fernandina Beach located at 3163 Bailey Road
Hilliard Maintenance Yard in Hilliard located at 37356 Pea Farm Road
Woods Lane in Callahan located approximately 0.6 miles south of Crawford Road

Updates concerning debris pickup will be communicated through the County’s news website, www.thecountyinsider.com, and the County’s FaceBook page, https://www.facebook.com/nassaucountyfl.

For additional information, please contact Nassau County Engineering Services at 904 530-6225 or Road and Bridge at 904 530-6175.


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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection Northeast District is available to advise Nassau County residents on environmental impact issues related to Hurricane Matthew.   If you have questions related to impacts such as dune loss, beach erosion, erosion risks, dock and bulkhead damage, floating debris, dock debris disposal, wastewater line damage or spills please contact the DEP at (904) 256-1700 or visit www.dep.state.fl.us. Emergency permits can be issued to expedite the repair process.  











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PRESS RELEASE

Representative Janet H. Adkins


October 12, 2016 Contact: Rachel Lockhart
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 904-491-3664

Emergency Bridge Loan Program Available To Assist Small Business Owners In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Matthew Fernandina Beach, Florida. The residents of Florida have experienced and are continuing to experience catastrophic damage in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, one of the worst hurricanes to hit the Northeast Florida coast in the last century. “The residents of Duval and Nassau Counties have endured some of the most significant damage in the state, and I am happy to share information individuals might find helpful as they work to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Matthew,” stated Representative Adkins. The Florida Small Business Development Network has announced the Emergency Bridge Loan Program. This program is available to small business owners who need financial assistance to rebuild after Hurricane Matthew. To complete a damage assessment survey for your business please click this link, http://flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda. Completing this survey will help expedite the activation of the Emergency Bridge Loan Program. To begin the loan application for the program, please click this link, http://www.floridadisasterloan.org/. To speak to a local representative for more information on applying for the loan please call (904)-620-2476. The Florida First Coast Relief Fund has been created by United Way of Northeast Florida, United Way of St. Johns County, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, and the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville for individuals or businesses wishing to donate to local nonprofits who are working to provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Matthew. To learn more about the Florida First Coast Relief Fund please click this link, https://www.unitedwaynefl.org/flfirstcoastrelief/.
“I hope the constituents of District 11 take advantage of all resources offered to them as they work to get through this difficult time in our community. I am confident in our community’s ability to rebuild stronger than ever,” stated Representative Adkins.
Representative Adkins represents House District 11, which includes all of Nassau County and portions of Duval County. For additional information, please contact Representative Adkins’ office at 904-491-3664 or email .





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Voter Registration Extended:
JUDGE EXTENDS FLORIDA VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE A federal judge agreed today, Oct. 12, to extend voting registration in the state until Oct. 18 because of the impact of Hurricane Matthew.
Judge Mark E. Walker, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, granted a preliminary injunction to the Florida Democratic Party and other groups who had argued that voter registration needed to be moved because of the effects of the storm, which raked along the eastern coastline for several days. The original deadline was Tuesday, but the judge had temporarily moved it to Wednesday so he could hold a hearing on the matter. 




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PRESS RELEASE

Nassau County Emergency Management          For Immediate Release 10/12/2016
Contact: Emergency Operations Center          12:00 p.m. 
(904) 548-0900 
Facebook: NassauEM
Twitter: @NassauEM
Scam Alert
YULEE Fla- Nassau County Emergency Management is encouraging citizens to remain vigilant for malicious cyber activity seeking to capitalize on interest in Hurricane Matthew. Users are advised to exercise caution in handling any email with subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks related to Hurricane Matthew, even if it appears to originate from a trusted source. Fraudulent emails will often contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites. Emails requesting donations from deceptive charitable organizations commonly appear after major natural disasters. 
Use caution when encountering these types of email messages and take the following preventative measures to protect themselves from phishing scams and malware campaigns: 
Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages. 
Use caution when opening email attachments. Refer to the Using Caution with Email Attachments (https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-010) Cyber Security Tip for more information on safely handling email attachments. 
Keep antivirus and other computer software up-to-date. 
Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks (https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-014) Cyber Security Tip for more information on social engineering attacks. 
Review the Federal Trade Commission information on Charity Scams (https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0011-charity-scams). 
Verify the legitimacy of any email solicitation by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number. You can find trusted contact information for many charities on the BBB National Charity Report Index (http://give.org/charity-reviews/national).
Nassau County Emergency Managers are also warning citizens of a possible telephone scam related to Hurricane Matthew. If you receive any phone calls or voice mail messages asking you to call another number that you don’t recognize or if the caller is asking for personal information, be alert to a possible scam. Even if the caller identifies them self with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the Nassau County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) do not return the call or provide any personal information without first verifying that it is a legitimate inquiry. Call the Nassau County EOC at (904) 548-0900 to confirm it is a legitimate request.   
Follow Nassau County Emergency Management and Sheriff’s Department on Social Media for more information:  

https://www.facebook.com/NassauEM/ 
http://www.nassaufl-em.com
https://twitter.com/NassauEM
https://www.facebook.com/NassauCountySheriff/





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FOR THOSE IN NASSAU COUNTY NEEDING ASSISTANCE:

Journey Church provides food and beds to hurricane victims
62225 Lake Gray Blvd in Jacksonville (904) 302-5320
http://www.journeychurch.org/
Journey Church local efforts in Nassau County provide food services on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. call (904) 261-8318

Barnabas of Fernandina Beach offers food to hurricane victims
1303 Jasmine St Suite 101, Fernandina Beach, FL (904) 261-7000
http://barnabasnassau.org/

Catholic Charities call the United Way Branch 211 at (904) 632-0600
Food Pantry services Wednesday and Friday – pick up at 134 East Church St in Jacksonville
Also providing rent assistance
http://www.ccbjax.org/

Florida Baptist Disaster Relief located at 1230 Hendricks Ave in Jacksonville provides critical recovery services such as tree removal, roof tarping, flood cleanup and mold remediation in preparation for your home repairs. Call (352) 601-6130
http://www.flbaptistdisaster.org/

The American Red Cross is providing hot meals to those without power or food. Individuals may call (904) 358-8091 to request this service. 
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News Release

FEMA Teams Assessing Hurricane Matthew Damage

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – FEMA personnel are on the ground in Nassau, Duval, St. Johns and Flagler counties today to pinpoint damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. Teams will be deployed to additional counties as requested by the state. These individuals will help identify areas of damage where Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) teams will be needed. PDA teams, comprised of representatives from local emergency management, the State of Florida, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will then be assigned to areas identified by the state to further document the extent of damage caused by the hurricane to those areas. The PDA teams visit and inspect damaged areas and document their findings. However, they do not visit every home or business. The teams look at concentration of damage, number of primary residences affected, damage to public infrastructure and the amount of insurance coverage, and then provide this information to the state. However, the PDA process does not guarantee federal assistance. The major disaster declaration of Oct. 8 makes federal Public Assistance aid available for emergency protective measures and debris removal (categories A and B) in Brevard, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Nassau, St. Johns, St. Lucie and Volusia counties. The governor’s request for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance categories C-G is still under consideration while damage assessments are underway. Damage assessment results from each county will be a factor used to determine the county’s eligibility for Individual Assistance. If a county is declared eligible for further assistance, individuals and households in the declared county may apply for that assistance. Florida residents and businesses don’t have to wait to find out if federal assistance is available to start their clean up. Keep repair receipts and document your damages whenever possible. Notify your insurance agent of any damages sustained to your property. You can also contact your local emergency management agency to report damage. If you are in need of shelter or have other emergency needs, call 2-1-1 for information. For more information on Florida’s disaster recovery visit fema.gov/disaster/4283, twitter.com/FEMA, facebook.com/FEMA, fema.gov/blog or #flrecovers.


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Tree Removal Services – If you are unable to pay for tree removal services and have trees that have fallen on your home or dangerously close to falling on your home as a result of Hurricane Matthew, please call the Nassau County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) today, October 12, 2016 to request assistance. (904) 548-0900

EOC staff will try to get those in need linked up with a tree cutting crew from a non-profit charitable organization working in North Carolina. If there is enough need here in Nassau County we may be able to get a crew to come down and assist at no charge to homeowners.  

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 ***SCAM ALERT***
Be aware of callers requesting donations for the Nassau County Sheriff's Office "Shop with Cops" program. N.C.S.O. Charities does NOT do phone solicitation to raise funds for our programs.
Please share this information, we appreciate your support.
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MS-ISAC: Potential Hurricane Matthew Phishing Scams - TLP: WHITE

US-CERT warns users to remain vigilant for malicious cyber activity seeking to capitalize on interest in Hurricane Matthew. Users are advised to exercise caution in handling any email with subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks related to Hurricane Matthew, even if it appears to originate from a trusted source. Fraudulent emails will often contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites. Emails requesting donations from deceptive charitable organizations commonly appear after major natural disasters.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to use caution when encountering these types of email messages and take the following preventative measures to protect themselves from phishing scams and malware campaigns:

 





Potential Hurricane Matthew Phishing Scams 


US-CERT warns users to remain vigilant for malicious cyber activity seeking to capitalize on interest in Hurricane Matthew. Users are advised to exercise caution in handling any email with subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks related to Hurricane Matthew, even if it appears to originate from a trusted source. Fraudulent emails will often contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites. Emails requesting donations from deceptive charitable organizations commonly appear after major natural disasters.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to use caution when encountering these types of email messages and take the following preventative measures to protect themselves from phishing scams and malware campaigns:

 




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