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Residents and visitors are still strongly discouraged from visiting the beach due to unfavorable conditions. Waves and rip currents, as well as debris, still pose a significant threat, and coastal structures, such as piers and walkways, still need to be fully assessed for integrity. As a reminder, just because there are no visual signs of damage to a structure does not mean it is safe.
Volusia Business Resources has recovery assistance resources to help businesses affected by the storm.
Volusia County is posting updates online at www.Volusia.org/PIN.
The Daytona Beach Pier is closed until further notice.
While coping with disaster stress, it is important to check on the emotional wellbeing of yourself, your loved ones, and your neighbors. Hurricane Ian has added a new level of uncertainty and frustration to the lives of storm survivors in Florida. Mental health resources are available. Call 800-985-5990, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website or text TalkWithUs for English or Hablanos for Spanish to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Florida Department of Health-Volusia, 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
FEMA and the Small Business Administration (SBA), at the request of the State of Florida, have extended the application deadline for persons impacted by Hurricane Ian to Jan. 12. The application deadline to file for Economic Injury through the SBA is June 29.
Currently, only persons who sustained damage from Hurricane Ian may apply for FEMA assistance as the federal government has not declared Volusia County as a federal disaster zone resulting from Hurricane Nicole. Persons who sustained damage only from Hurricane Nicole should call Volusia County Emergency Management at (386) 254-1500 to learn about available resources.
Residents may apply for assistance without visiting the DRC at disasterassistance.gov, the FEMA mobile app or by calling 800-621-3362.
The City of Daytona Beach (CODB) is waiving application fees and specific required, dated documentation in connection with requests for Emergency Letters of No Contravene that must be submitted to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Coastal Construction Control Line (CCCL) Program. These waivers are related to Emergency Temporary Shoreline Stabilization efforts due to Hurricane Ian.
For more information regarding Emergency Letters of No Contravene, call Paula Long at (386) 671-8122.
Individuals and households in Volusia County who have sustained losses as a direct result of Hurricane Ian can apply for federal assistance. People can apply online, call 800-621-3362 or download the FEMA app. People should have the following information available when they are applying for assistance:
Disaster Assistance Application ChecklistDisaster Assistance Frequently Asked QuestionsUnderstanding FEMA Individual and Public AssistancePublic Assistance for Houses of WorshipPrivately-owned access routesUnderstanding sequence of disaster assistance
Mold: Update Your FEMA ApplicationIf you have not already applied for FEMA assistance and have mold in your home from Hurricane Ian, apply online, call 800-621-3362 or visit a Disaster Recovery Center. If you have already applied for FEMA assistance and now have mold in your home, call FEMA to update your application.
Residents should be extra careful when hiring unknown contractors. Residents should be especially alert for door-to-door solicitors who promise to speed up the permit process or ask for large cash deposits or advance payments in full. Look first to licensed local contractors who have performed well in the past. If they cannot help you, ask them to recommend another reputable contractor. Most contractors in the building industry are honest, but disasters attract scam artists. Residents should hire contractors who are licensed by the state and/or the county. If a contractor is not properly licensed, the homeowner could be sued if he or she is injured on the job. Most homeowners’ insurance policies will not pay a claim if the homeowner has contracted with an unlicensed individual. Additional tips from Volusia County Government to hire a contractor are available here.
The City of Daytona Beach is waiving building permit fees through Dec. 5 for work to repair or restore damage caused by Hurricane Ian. Waivers apply to commercial and residential properties within city limits. It is the city’s intent to expedite all storm-related repair permits. Examples of permit types:
Building permit applications are available on the Permits & Licensing website. For more information, call (386) 671-8178.
The City of Daytona Beach is offering recovery grants to qualified homeowners, renters and business owners affected by Hurricane Ian or Nicole. City commissioners approved using a combination of federal and state dollars totaling $2.5 million for grants up to $9,000 to help qualified residents pay for items such as insurance deductibles, home repairs, mold and flood damage remediation, mortgage assistance or rent payments. Businesses with less than 50 employees can be reimbursed up to $3,000 for things like the cost of spoiled food, lost revenue, insurance deductibles and repairs. Awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted. There are two public forums scheduled where residents and business owners can ask questions and submit applications.
Thursday, Nov. 171 to 6 p.m. Allen Chapel’s Fellowship Hall 580 George W. Engram Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 221 to 6 p.m.Peabody Auditorium600 Auditorium Blvd.
Thursday, Dec. 11 to 6 p.m.Allen Chapel’s Fellowship Hall580 George W. Engram Blvd.
As of Nov. 22, 98% of city roads in Daytona Beach have had a first pass of vegetation removal! More than 5,000 loads of vegetation and construction debris have been collected, totaling 274,000 cubic yards. To provide a visual perspective of this volume, debris collected in a pile 9' x 9' would stretch more than 17 miles!
Storm debris should be placed in the public right of way and not in roadways, near storm drains or mailboxes, under powerlines or blocking fire hydrants. Debris is required to be placed into separate piles for vegetation, construction and demolition materials and appliances. Leaves, branches and limbs should be loose and not bagged or in containers. DRC, the private contractor hired by the city, will have 10 trucks working seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Storm debris should not be placed with household garbage.
FEMA is accepting applications for debris cleanupThe Florida Division of Emergency Management is accepting applications for the Hurricane Ian Debris Cleanup Program to assist with the removal of debris, including displaced and abandoned vehicles, vessels, and other titled property from qualifying private and commercial properties, as well as waterways throughout participating counties. Individuals can apply online.
Individuals and organizations seeking to volunteer may register on the United Way of Volusia and Flagler Counties' website or call (386) 253-0563. People who need assistance cleaning up their property can call the county’s Citizen Information Center at (866) 345-0345 or United Way at (386) 253-0563.
Crisis Cleanup, a nationwide disaster work order management platform, is collaborating with multiple agencies to locate and deploy volunteers who can help homeowners and renters impacted by Hurricane Ian. Volunteers can tarp roofs and help with downed trees, mold remediation and muck-outs (removal of drywall, carpeting and other water-damaged items). They also can move debris to the curb. To request volunteer assistance, call Crisis Cleanup at 800-451-1954.