Homeowners in 13 Florida counties affected by Hurricane Wilma last month may be eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Operation Blue Roof program.
Under the program, temporary plastic sheathing – blue tarps – are installed over residential roofs that were damaged by the hurricane. The installation of the plastic sheathing is provided at no cost to homeowners, and the work is administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Sam Miller, executive vice president of the Florida Insurance Council said covering provided under the program is only a temporary one that is designed to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made.
“The insurance industry has positioned hundreds of adjusters throughout the region to assist homeowners in filing and settling claims so that permanent repairs can be made and the temporary plastic sheathing can be removed as soon as possible,” Miller said.
In order to have the temporary repairs made, individual homeowners must first sign the right of entry form available at any one of FEMA’s right of entry collection centers located throughout the affected areas. The right of entry forms (ROE’s) provide government and contractor employees legal access to a homeowner’s property for the purpose of assessing damage and making the temporary repairs.
Once access is granted, workers can assess the amount and type of roof damage and whether installation of blue plastic will constitute an appropriate temporary repair. Only primary residences that have sloped, shingled roofs are eligible to receive a blue roof. Roofs with greater than 50 percent structural damage, metal, tile and flat roofs are not eligible.
Right of entry collection centers are listed below. They are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless indicated otherwise.
2400 SR 70 E
Fire Administration Building
300 Brunson Blvd.
Sebastian City Hall
1225 Main St.
900 South Main St. (SR 80)
Riviera Beach City Hall
Corner of Avenue H West and Blue Heron Blvd.
360 E. Main St.
Boynton Beach Mall
801 North Congress Ave.
Open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
1501 N. Austrailian Ave.
West Palm Beach, FL
Old K-Mart Bldg.
Corner of US 441 and Sunrise Blvd.
Old K-Mart Building (behind KFC)
Corner of Hillsborough Ave. and Power Line Rd.
Deerfield Beach, FL
108 N. 33rd Ct.
Mitchell Moore Center
901 NW 10th St.
Pompano Beach, FL
Pembroke Pines Recreational Center
7400 Sunrise Blvd. at the corner of 74th Ave. and Pines Blvd.
Aquatic Fitness Center Pine Island Park
3800 S.W. 92nd Ave. – Please use the Orange Drive entrance
Miami Dade County
Team Metro Office (in shopping center behind Pizza Hut)
Public Outreach Organization
7630 NW 186th Street
Directions: State Road 826 to NW 67th Avenue; north on 67th; west on 186th Street.
South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211th Street
Directions: I-95 South, exit Caribbean Blvd, left at first light.
Team Metro Office
Tamiami across from FIU
1409 SW 107th Ave.
Team Metro Northeast
1658 Miami Gardens Dr.
Gov’t on the Go Mobile
Miami Riverside Center
444 SW 2nd Ave.
Thursday, Nov. 3 – ONLY
Herbert Saffir Permitting Center
11805 SW 26th St.
Homestead at YMCA
1034 NE 8th St.; Harris Field at US 1 at Kendall Drive.
5400 NW 22nd Ave. Suite 110
Edison/Little River Neighborhood Center
150 NW 79 St.
Miami, FL 33150
Directions: State Road 80 West to 27 North, across from Burger King
102 S. Bridge St.
Community Development Environmental Services
2800 North Horseshoe Drive (in the vicinity of Naples Airport)
Stop and Go
Intersection of Main St. and Immokalee
201 Buckner Ave.
1895 Veteran’s Park Dr.
Golden Gate Community Center
4701 Golden Gate Parkway
Doyle Conner Agricultural Center
State Road 27
The Fairgrounds (next to FEMA)
2616 Dixie Highway
15200 SW Adams Ave.
15518 SW Osceola St. – around corner from library
St. Pablo Catholic Church
89500 Overseas Hwy.; mm 89
Open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Habitat for Humanity Office
30320 Overseas Hwy; behind Rogers Furniture; mm 30.3
Big Pine Key
Open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Key West City Hall
604 Simonton St.
Open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
2523 Lee Blvd.
Bonita Springs Community Center
27381 Old 41
St. Lucie Civic Center
2300 Virginia Ave.
Directions: From I-95 take Okeechobee Rd. east to MLK Blvd.
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