Disaster Recovery Center to close
The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center, 3111 Agricultural Center Drive, will close at 8 p.m. today.
Residents impacted by Hurricane Irma may still register for individual assistance by calling 800-621-3362 or online at disasterassistance.gov. The deadline to apply is Nov. 9.
Vilano Boat Ramp closed for dredging
The Vilano Boat Ramp will be closed through Oct. 31 due to a dredging project that will improve navigability to the ramp for public use. For more information, call 904-209-0193.
Counties to get Food Assistance Program
The Department of Children and Families, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will implement the Food for Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program in Flagler and St. Johns counties to assist individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Irma from Oct. 11-15.
To qualify, applicants must have lived or worked in one of the counties declared for FEMA Individual Assistance on Sept. 5, and not be receiving food assistance through the regular Food Assistance Program. Additionally, eligible individuals and families must have suffered a disaster-related loss, such as damage to their homes or self-employment property, loss of food, reduction or loss of income, or have incurred other disaster related expenses. DCF will provide or mail Electronic Benefits Transfer cards to eligible individuals and families to use at authorized USDA food retailers. The program counts only income and expenses from Sept. 4 to Oct. 4.
Individuals are encouraged to fill out the initial application for assistance online no later than the day before visiting the Food for Florida site. The application is available on the Food for Florida website, myflfamilies.com/fff.
The Food for Florida disaster food assistance program for Flagler and St. Johns counties will take place Oct. 11-15 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5840 State Road 207, Elkton. For more information, visit www.myflfamilies.com/fff.
Free storm debris disposal weekend to be offered by county
The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners is waving vegetative, construction, and demolition storm debris disposal fees for residents from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14-15 at the following locations: Republic Nine Mile Road Landfill, 445 International Golf Pkwy. (vegetative debris only) and Tillman Ridge, 3005 Allen Nease Road, Elkton (household items, construction/demolition debris only).
Contractors and commercial businesses, including landscaping companies, are not eligible to participate and household hazardous waste materials will not be accepted. St. Johns County residents may dispose of the following storm-related materials: vegetative (trees, branches, limbs, brush, and vegetation), construction/demolition (drywall, flooring, and plywood, and flood-damaged household items including furniture) and flood-damaged white goods (refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, etc.).
For more information, visit www.recyclestjohns.com or call St. Johns County Solid Waste Management at 904-827-6980.