Central and North Florida (DR 4068 Tropical Storm Debby)
Flood, Severe Storm - Florida
Beginning on June 24, 2012, Tropical Storm Debby produced torrential rain throughout Florida resulting in significant flooding that impacted Central and North Florida leaving thousands of Floridians in need of assistance. As a result, President Obama declared on July 3, 2012 a major disaster in the State of Florida that eventually made assistance available for individuals and households in 22 counties. WSP USA Inspection Services immediately deployed a team of well-prepared contract inspectors to assist FEMA with recovery efforts. These inspectors had prepared for this event by attending WSP USA Inspection Services Inspector Development Center (IDC) workshops and completing online readiness resources. Many inspectors were able put to good use the experience gained from completing speed estimating inspection readiness exercises.
Per FEMA’s website, www.fema.gov, on July 28, 2012 FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech’s made the following report:
“After the first month of the federal disaster declaration:
• More than 3,600 individuals and families have been approved for federal disaster assistance;
• More than $17 million has been approved for federal disaster assistance;
• More than 10,600 survivors have contacted FEMA for help or information;
Through FEMA’s Individual Assistance program, we conduct inspections of damaged homes. At the 30-day milestone, we have inspected 96 percent of all of our applicants’ residences. This quick response helps Florida survivors move rapidly through the recovery process to access the assistance for which they are eligible.”
WSP USA Inspection Services says “Thank You!” to the inspectors in DR 4068 FL for their timely and quality services that allowed FEMA to rapidly provide Florida survivors with disaster assistance.
Photos Credit: Photo 1: David Jackson/WSP USA Inspection Services, Photo 2: George Armstrong/FEMA, Photo 3: Marilee Caliendo/FEMA