Prom night for visually impaired teens brings out the community

NORTH FORT MYERS — On Dec. 16, Lighthouse of SWFL and its Transition Teen Program will host “A Night with the Stars” prom open to teens with blindness and vision impairment living in Lee, Hendry, Glades, Charlotte, Collier, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. The free event will be held at Lighthouse of SWFL 35 W. Mariana […]

Music festival offers ways to participate

OKEECHOBEE — If you’d like to be part of the 2018 Okeechobee Music Festival but can’t manage the ticket prices, consider trading a little of your time and effort. It takes a lot of people to stage the four-day event, which last year drew 36,000 participants. Some of those who work at the festival — […]

Today is the last day to register for FEMA assistance after Hurricane Irma in Florida

ORLANDO  — You have until 11:59 p.m. tonight, Friday, Nov. 24, to register with FEMA if you have damage caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida between Sept. 4 and Oct. 18. How to register: • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov. • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service (VRS). If you […]

FHP reminds travelers to buckle up this Thanksgiving

FHP aims to prevent crashes through increased visibility during the holiday weekend TALLAHASSEE — The Thanksgiving holiday is a peak travel period for families nationwide. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) wants all motorists to Arrive Alive this Thanksgiving holiday and is reminding motorists to buckle up before they hit the road. During the 2016 Thanksgiving […]

FEMA application deadline extended

ORLANDO – The deadline for Hurricane Irma survivors in all 48 designated Florida counties to register for FEMA individual disaster assistance has been extended to Nov. 24, 2017. The extension agreed upon by the state and FEMA is for survivors living in disaster-designated individual assistance counties: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, […]

Two weeks left to register for federal disaster assistance in Florida

ORLANDO — Floridians impacted by Hurricane Irma have only two weeks to apply for federal disaster assistance that may cover temporary housing, essential home repairs and serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Disaster assistance is available to eligible individuals and households in the 48 disaster-designated counties with storm-related damages between Sept. 4 through Oct. […]

Flood insurance policyholders: Understand your claims options

ORLANDO, Fla. – In an effort to quickly get recovery funds into the hands of survivors, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has enhanced the flood insurance claims process with changes to how you file your claim. If you’re a policyholder, understand the process and options to speed your recovery from Hurricane Irma. Advance Payments […]

Disaster Recovery Center hours change

ORLANDO, Fla. – Beginning Sunday, Oct. 29, the hours at most Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will change to Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Survivors are encouraged to check times before going and may locate a DRC near them at www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling the […]

FEMA letter says you are ineligible for disaster assistance?

That may not be the last word ORLANDO — Applicants for FEMA disaster assistance should not consider the initial determination letter from the agency ruling them ineligible for disaster assistance as the final word. FEMA offers these tips to keep in mind if you receive such a letter: • Applicants must read their letters carefully. […]

October 15–21 is National Teen Driver Safety Week

DHSMV promotes occupant protection for teens with We Arrive Alive campaign TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in recognizing National Teen Driver Safety Week from October 15 to 21 to remind teens, and those in the car with them, to buckle […]