Temporary roofing offered to Hurricane Michael victims

Temporary roofing offered to Hurricane Michael victims (Source: Markus Morris / Photo: Hurricane Michael damages)

Many panhandle residents have suffered many unfortunate events due to the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

The rebuilding process will be a challenge to many people impacted by the storm.

In order to alleviate some of the rebuilding costs, Florida Governor Rick Scott released a Twitter statement on Wednesday that a working partnership has formed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help families temporarily repair their roofs at no cost .

The program is called Operation Blue Roof and it is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The purpose of Operation Blue Roof is to provide homeowners in disaster areas with fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover their damaged roofs until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers says this service is free to homeowners, protects property, reduces temporary housing costs, and allows residents to remain in their homes while recovering from the storm.

Operation Blue Roof program requirements:

  • The home must be the primary residence or a permanently occupied rental properties with less than 50 percent structural damage.
  • Vacation rental properties are not eligible for the program.
  • Once the blue roof is installed, the structure must be habitable.
  • Not all roof types qualify for the program.
  • Roofs that are flat or made of metal or clay, slate or asbestos tile do not qualify.
  • All storm debris must be removed for the roof to qualify.
  • Homeowners must sign a Right of Entry (ROE) form to allow government employees and contractors onto their property to assess damage and install the temporary covering.

Operation Blue Roof is available to all counties approved for FEMA Individual Assistance:

  • Bay
  • Franklin
  • Gulf
  • Taylor
  • Wakulla
  • Calhoun
  • Liberty
  • Jackson
  • Gadsden
  • Holmes
  • Washington
  • Leon

ROE collection centers open from 8am-6pm CDT daily and will be set up by Corps teams in convenient neighborhood locations.

Right of Entry collection centers are located at:

1 . Panama City Square,

525 W 23rd Street

Panama City, FL

2. Walmart,

15495 Panama City Beach Parkway

Panama City Beach, FL

3. Lowes,

11751 Panama City Beach Parkway

Panama City Beach, FL

For the most current information, please visit the Jacksonville District website by clicking here.

Information is provided in both English and Spanish through this single number.

Residents who would like to participate in the program can call 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258) or you can click here to find a sign up location.

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