Seminole County Emergency Management helps with home repairs and other unmet needs

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Florida. – If you need help and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has not yet been able to help your family, there are other options.

Seminole County Emergency Management said its partners are putting boots on the ground in surrounding communities.

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Steven Lerner, planning manager for Seminole County Emergency Management, said they can step in when other agencies won’t.

“There is help out there that can help them beyond their normal means of insurance or FEMA assistance,” Lerner said.

The county reached out to News 6 reporter Treasure Roberts after seeing a previous report last week involving an elderly couple who needed help putting a tarp on their roof.

Casselberry’s Eva Gibson said a hole formed in her roof after high winds and rain tore through her neighborhood.

She went to a FEMA support center for help, but said she was told FEMA could not ground boots in that area at the time.

“I wish I had known someone who could help us, but that’s why we came here,” Gibson said.

Seminole County wanted to intervene.

“There are a ton of groups that are ready to help customers and residents who have been affected,” Lerner said.

The county is partnering with several community and faith-based organizations to help affected residents clear debris, repair homes, put tarps on roofs and replace drywall.

“It makes sense to create a partnership between the two of us with their resources and our ability to meet people’s needs,” said Norm Dubois, senior pastor of East Coast Believers Church.

Dubois is the pastor of the church location in Oviedo. He said hundreds of church members have come forward for the community and plan to continue to do so.

“When you lost everything you owned, it feels like you’re on your own, and we just wanted to be there. We wanted to be available,” Dubois said.

Nearly 250 requests for assistance have been made across the county and thanks to the efforts of volunteers, 225 of them have been answered to date.

If you live in Seminole County and still need help, call the Emergency Management Office at 407-665-000.

Representatives will try to match you with volunteers. The county is also looking for more partners who can help residents get back to normal.

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