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HOW FEMA IS HELPING FLORIDIANS

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We morn the loss of our past President and visionary, Harry C. Powell, Jr. . He passed in 2021 at the age of 92, and remained active in the business he began in Real Estate in the 1960’s. He was President of the largest community development in Southwest Florida, known as Lehigh Corporation. As a community developer, Mr. Powell was responsible for multi-millions in land and home sales and is well-known by all for his tutelage and involvement in many varied projects. His personal mission and vision statement is to create or manage a project to the satisfaction of the owners and customers.
Ruth Anglickis, PD background came from being employed by Lehigh Corporation with Mr. Powell as his Administrative Assistant where she helped form 125 Clubs and Organizations, along with 12+ communities. Many of the Associations she helped to develop while working for Lehigh Corp, Landex Resorts still manages today.
Robyn Rocco, VP has an Associate degree in Business with a minor in Mass Communication, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Robyn qualifies the CAM firm by holding both a Florida CAM & Real Estate License. She is the corporate manager overseeing all day to day operations.
Landex currently has 18 employees, including the incredible 6 women team who run the corporate office. They manage a total of 15 Associations (HOA, POA, Commercial and Residential Condos) and 2 Vacation Properties / Timeshares that comprise $96,200,000.00 in property values with aggregate annual budgets of $4,718,000.00. In addition, their sister company, Landex Realty, produces another $1,200,000.00 in rental revenue for the vacation properties and timeshare owners in associations they manage. Landex’s services go beyond asset protection and association / business management. We have all been involved in helping with personal property loss, insurance, welfare, and well-being of our customers over the years. We also give back to the community over $20,000.00 a year through monetary donations and auction items.
Landex provides full services as a Certified Association Management Firm taking care of over 4,000 customers. We handle all the day to day operations, including, but not limited to: creating budgets, full accounting, property management, billing, collection, financial reporting, legal proceedings, governmental liaisons, Board and Membership meetings, capital improvements, and routine maintenance. We are celebrating 57 years in the business industry.

HOW FEMA IS HELPING FLORIDIANS:

FEMA has made individual assistance available to 26 counties in Florida. Residents in Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns and Volusia counties are eligible to apply for Individual Assistance. Deadline for applications is Jan. 12, 2023. FEMA is meeting survivors where they are to help jumpstart their recoveries. Disaster Survivor Assistance specialists are going door-to-door in Florida neighborhoods to help individuals register for assistance. These teams have visited 225,000 homes and interacted with more than 118,000 survivors in counties designated for Individual Assistance.
34 Disaster Recovery Centers are operating in impacted areas, with more than 70,000 visits by survivors. FEMA is providing Transitional Sheltering Assistance in 26 counties to survivors eligible for temporary hotel stays. As of today, the program is providing housing for 1,687 households with 4,192 members. Hundreds of FEMA inspectors have performed over 225,000 home inspections for survivors who applied for federal disaster assistance.
FEMA is providing temporary housing to eligible Hurricane Ian survivors in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee and Sarasota counties. FEMA approved Direct Temporary Housing Assistance to provide options for those whose homes are uninhabitable because of the hurricane. FEMA determined that rental assistance is insufficient to meet the housing need in those counties because of a lack of available housing resources. FEMA will notify applicants who are eligible for direct housing. It will take time to transport, permit, install and inspect these units before they are available. Direct Temporary Housing Assistance may be provided for up to 18 months from Sept. 29, 2022, the date of the federal disaster declaration, to March 28, 2024
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $962 million in low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners. Business Recovery Centers are located in Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee and Seminole counties. As of Nov. 13, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has received more than 44,400 flood insurance claims and paid more than $652 million to policyholders.
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NFIP policyholders may receive up to $1,000 to reimburse the purchase of supplies like sandbags, plastic sheeting and lumber. They may also receive up to $1,000 in storage expenses if they moved insured property. Policyholders should file a claim for flood loss avoidance reimbursement, regardless of whether it was successful in preventing flood damage.
FEMA is conducting local hiring for more than 300 jobs in Brandon, Fort Myers, Kissimmee, Orlando and Sarasota. These positions are full-time, 120- day appointments that may be extended depending on operational needs. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online through USAJobs.gov.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to eligible survivors. Floridians can file a claim for loss of income caused by Hurricane Ian by going to Disaster Unemployment Assistance – FloridaJobs. org and selecting “Apply for Hurricane Ian DUA,” visiting a local CareerSource Career Center, or calling 800-385-3920. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET.
Low-income Florida residents recovering from Hurricane Ian may be eligible for assistance from the Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). Survivors can find more information on Florida’s D-SNAP program by visiting the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Hurricane Ian Response & Recovery website.
Operation Blue Roof installed 20,119 roofs in Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Lee and Sarasota counties. (Mission completed.) National Flood Insurance Program Florida policyholders who had flood damage from the hurricane have a 90-day window to renew their policies. The extension applies to policies with renewal dates beginning Aug. 25, 2022 through Oct. 23, 2022. Policyholders whose renewal date is in this range should contact their agent or insurance company. FEMA also extended the proof of loss requirement for flood insurance policyholders in Florida who experienced flood damage from Hurricane Ian from 60 to 365 days. For more information on how to file a flood insurance claim, visit How to Start Your Flood Insurance Claim.
If you or a member of your household uses adaptive or accessibility items that were damaged by Hurricane Ian, you may be eligible for FEMA assistance for those items. For homeowners, items can include an exterior ramp, grab bars and a paved pathway to the home’s entrance from a vehicle. Awards do not count toward your Housing Assistance or Personal Property maximum awards. For more information for homeowners and renters, visit Update to FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide.

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