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Posted on: September 26, 2022

[ARCHIVED] City storm recovery information

WEB_Ian Recovery Updates_Oct 1 2022

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Business Resources

Volusia Business Resources has recovery assistance resources to help businesses affected by the storm.

City Hall, Community Centers and Facilities

Daytona Beach City Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

City parks, with the exception of Tuscawilla Park, have reopened. The city’s community centers have reopened with normal operating hours. Cypress Aquatic Center has reopened with normal operating hours. Campbell Aquatic Center remains closed as its two pools are being resurfaced as part of a series of improvements. 

County Updates

Volusia County is posting updates online at www.Volusia.org/PIN

  • Shelters: Volusia County Government, in cooperation with the American Red Cross, has a shelter at the Ocean Center for people who were impacted by Hurricane Ian. It is providing temporary transitional housing for residents who are unable to return home because of storm damage. The shelter accepts all residents, including special needs patients. Special needs patients may be accompanied by one caregiver. The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County will provide care for special needs patients. Patients should bring their medications, medical supplies and equipment.

Daytona Beach Pier

The Daytona Beach Pier is closed until further notice.

Daytona Beach Golf Course

The Daytona Beach Golf Course is closed until further notice.

FEMA Assistance

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: 

  • Social security number
  • Address of damaged home or apartment
  • Description of damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • Telephone number
  • Mailing address
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

Disaster Assistance Application Checklist
Disaster Assistance Frequently Asked Questions
Understanding FEMA Individual and Public Assistance

Disaster Recovery Center

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center has opened at the Florida Department of Health at 1845 Holsonback Drive in Daytona Beach. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. In addition to FEMA representatives, local governments and social service agencies will be on-site to assist residents and businesses impacted by Hurricane Ian. The services and information available at the DRC will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assessment and guidance to available resources in the community
  • Applying for FEMA assistance
  • Housing and utility information
  • FEMA application status updates
  • Appealing a denied FEMA application
  • Resources and advice from the Small Business Administration

At this time, appointments are not available or required to enter the DRC. Residents will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis and are encouraged to arrive as early as possible.

The DRC is accessible to people with disabilities. It has assistive technology equipment allowing impacted residents to interact with staff. Video remote interpreting is available, and in-person sign language is available by request. The center also has accessible parking, ramps and restrooms. Assistance is also available to residents who speak a language other than English.

Storm debris removal

Storm-related debris removal has started. 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.

Hiring a contractor

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.

Permit fees waived for storm repairs

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:

  • A/C and water heater replacement
  • Docks
  • Electrical repairs and replacement
  • Fences
  • Roofing
  • Screen enclosures
  • Sheds
  • Soffit/fascia/siding repair or replacement
  • Window and door replacement

Building permit applications are available on the Permits & Licensing website. For more information, call (386) 671-8178

Volunteer Resources

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 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday 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. 

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