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The Gulf Breeze Resilience Network will be the clearinghouse for information on resilient recovery and reconstruction efforts from the 2014 Spring Flood, as well as a place to discuss the goal of improving the health, well-being, and prosperity of Gulf Breeze citizens and their community by fostering a resilient response to change both now and in the future.  Please register to participate.

FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Federal and Private Sector Actions on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets

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CLICK HERE - White House Council of Economic Advisors - Incorporating Renewables into the Grid: Expanding Opportunities for Smart Markets and Energy Storage (40 page .PDF report)

whitehouse.gov - June 16, 2016

. . The Administration is announcing new executive actions and 33 state and private sector commitments that will accelerate the grid integration of renewable energy and storage.  Together, these announcements are expected to result in at least 1.3 gigawatts of additional storage procurement or deployment in the next five years. .

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Clean Water Crisis Threatens US

           

Aerial view overlooking landscaping on April 4, 2015 in San Diego, California.  Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

by Sarah Ferris and Peter Sullivan - April 25, 2016

The United States is on the verge of a national crisis that could mean the end of clean, cheap water.

Hundreds of cities and towns are at risk of sudden and severe shortages, either because available water is not safe to drink or because there simply isn’t enough of it.

The situation has grown so dire the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence now ranks water scarcity as a major threat to national security alongside terrorism.

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From Coast to Coast, Middle-Class Communities are Shrinking

CLICK HERE - STUDY - Pew Research Center - America’s Shrinking Middle Class: A Close Look at Changes Within Metropolitan Areas

latimes.com - by Don Lee - May 11, 2016

America's shrinking middle class, a growing concern for the economy and a central issue in the presidential race, cuts across virtually all communities from coast to coast, according to a study released Wednesday.

The report by Pew Research Center found that the share of the middle class fell in 203 of the 229 U.S. metropolitan areas examined from 2000 to 2014, including major cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, which saw a relatively sharp drop in its middle class.

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Resilience in the SDGs: Developing an Indicator for Target 1.5 that is Fit for Purpose

                            

odi.org - Aditya Bahadur, Emma Lovell, Emily Wilkinson, Thomas Tanner - August 2015

CLICK HERE - Resilience in the SDGs - Developing an indicator for Target 1.5 that is fit for purpose (7 page .PDF file)

We outline a comprehensive approach for developing a cross-sectoral, multi-dimensional and dynamic understanding of resilience. This underpins the core message of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that development is multi-faceted and the achievement of many of the individual development goals is dependent on the accomplishment of other goals. It also acknowledges that shocks and stresses can reverse years of development gains and efforts to eradicate poverty by 2030. Crucially, this approach to understanding resilience draws on data that countries will collect for the SDGs anyway and entails only a small additional burden in this regard.

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DisasterAssistance.gov

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DisasterAssistance.gov

  • Mission

The Disaster Assistance Improvement Program’s (DAIP) mission is to provide disaster survivors with information, support, services and a mechanism to access and apply for disaster assistance through collaborative, data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local and private sector partners.

Helpful Links for Flood Victims

weartv.com

Citizens Information Lines

Escambia: 471-6600
Santa Rosa: 983-INFO (4636)
Okaloosa: 311

Florida Flooding Damage Assessment
http://flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda
The completed surveys will help the State Emergency Response Team in determining the needs and level of assistance for impacted businesses. The information provided in this survey will be shared among various state and local agencies to expedite implementation of appropriate disaster relief programs for businesses.

Santa Rosa County Damage Reports
http://santarosa.fl.gov/EmergencyNew/WebDamage.cfm
Residents of Santa Rosa County are asked to submit information about their property damage to the county. Once submitted, your information will be sent to several county departments including emergency management, public works, floodplain management and grants. Staff will document your information in a damage database, review qualifications for mitigation projects/grants, and determine if an additional damage assessment or other action is needed.

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Tips for Filing Flood Insurance Claims

weartv.com

Updated: Wednesday, May 7 2014, 06:36 PM CDT

Many people are now going through the flood insurance process trying to figure out what may be covered.

Channel 3's Amber Southard spoke to a family today who is going through the insurance process and they have a few tips to share with others.

"This is what many of us call organized chaos. Now, it may look like a mess, but after the flood many homeowners took their contents from inside their homes and moved them outside. That way they could put things in piles to make it easier for the insurance companies."

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President Declares Disaster for Florida

fema.gov

CLICK HERE - Florida Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4177)

Release date: May 6, 2014
Release Number: HQ-14-038

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Florida and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from April 28 to May 6, 2014.

The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.     

Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

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How to Apply for FEMA Assistance

             

weartv.com

Updated: Tuesday, May 6 2014, 10:38 PM CDT

Help and money are on the way!

President Barack Obama today signed the declaration of disaster for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.

That makes a host of grants and low interest loans available to homeowners and business owners who suffered losses from last week's storms.

Right now, the Fema assistance does not include help to pay for repairs to public infrastructure, like roads and bridges.

That's part of a separate application and local governments are still assessing that damage.

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Gulf Breeze's Residents Continue Recovery Efforts

              

Large pumps like these area stationed through neighborhoods in Gulf Breeze to help the ease the flooding in city limits.(Photo: Tony Giberson/***@***.***, Tony Giberson/***@***.***)

pnj.com - by Rob Johnson - May 5, 2014

Gulf Breeze water recedes, health concerns rise

UPDATE 8:42 a.m. CDT May 6, 2014

With 16 industrial-sized pumps chugging away and another on the way, the city of Gulf Breeze could be 90 percent sucked dry of the nasty, bacteria-filled floodwater by Wednesday afternoon.

"That's our projection," said Thomas Lambert, assistant director of public services. "We got all of our pumps out. Water is going down. And we're just keeping our eyes on the forecast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It looks like rain is coming back."

After SWS Environmental Services pumping truck made great headway draining Washington Street on Monday — at a rate of 9,000 gallons of water per hour — Lambert says the company is bringing in a second truck today to help suck up pockets of water that aren't draining elsewhere in the city.

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05/05/14 - GOVERNOR SCOTT REQUESTS MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION FOR FLOODING

floridadisaster.org - May 5, 2014

Tallahassee, Fla. – On Monday, May 5, Governor Rick Scott requested federal assistance for Florida communities to assist in recovery from the recent severe weather and flooding event. Governor Scott requested a Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.

“After a disaster, our goal is to work as quickly as possible to help communities recover and rebuild,” said State Coordinating Officer Bryan W. Koon. “While no entity can fully erase the impacts of this disaster, federal assistance will go long way to help those communities return a sense of normalcy.”

If a declaration is received then Individual Assistance will be available to individuals in those qualifying counties. Governor Scott’s initial request is based on Preliminary Damage Assessments, and may be amended to include additional counties as Preliminary Damage Assessments are finalized.

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Gulf Breeze: Flood Cleanup Help is Coming

      

Areas of Gulf Breeze remain underwater on Wednesday afternoon after Tuesday and Wednesday's severe storms in the area.  (Photo: Katie King/***@***.***)

pnj.com - by Rob Johnson - May 3, 2014

Reacting to grumbling by Gulf Breeze residents over the pace of flood response, City Manager Buzz Eddy told the News Journal: "We're doing the best we can."

Eddy was at city hall this morning urging employees to find solutions to the issues plaguing the community.

He acknowledged there are large areas of Gulf Breeze "proper," the older section in which home values average more than $400,000 each, where flooding has forced out residents and hemmed in entire city blocks from vehicle traffic.

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EPA - Flood Cleanup

epa.gov

During a flood cleanup, the indoor air quality in your home or office may appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long-term health risks. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria, and mold. They can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions, and continue to damage materials long after the flood.

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Mold and Moisture - Florida Department of Health

floridahealth.gov

The Florida Department of Health has developed this brochure to address some of the most common questions and concerns about indoor mold, how it affects human health, and ways in which you can prevent or remove it.

CLICK HERE - http://www.floridahealth.gov/healthy-environments/mold/index.html

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