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FEMA update July 20

FEMA update July 20

Tampa Bay -- FEMA released the following updates for counties affected by Tropical Storm Debby.

A FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Center is now open in Hillsborough County to help those survivors whose homes and/or businesses were affected by Tropical Storm Debby.

Hillsborough County DRC
University Area Community Development Center
14013 N. 22nd St.
Tampa, FL 33613

The center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The following centers in other counties also operate with the same hours:

FEMA reps arrive in Hillsborough to help storm survivors

FEMA reps arrive in Hillsborough to help storm survivors

Hillsborough County, Florida--  A two-person team from Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Relations is on the ground in Hillsborough County to help those impacted by Tropical Storm Debby. This team will be going door-to-door to help those residents who need financial or other assistance understand how to register for federal assistance.

The FEMA team will be in our community working seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for as long as there is a need.

Red Cross provides relief after Debby floods areas and roadways

Red Cross provides relief after Debby floods areas and roadways

Tampa, Florida-- The American Red Cross provides aid to those affected as Tropical Storm Debby dumped record amounts of rain from the Panhandle down the West Coast of Florida.

Disaster Assessment teams continue to evaluate needs in affected counties and neighborhoods where it is safe to do so. 

The Red Cross effort is focused on providing:

Health Advisory issued for 4 Tampa beaches

Health Advisory issued for 4 Tampa beaches

Tampa, Florida-- Hillsborough County saltwater beach monitoring results revealed traces of enterococci bacteria, resulting in a Health Advisory for four Tampa Beaches:

  • Ben T. Davis, (North, and South)
  • Cypress Point, (North, and South)
  • Davis Island
  • Simmons Park

According to the Health Department, this should be considered a potential risk to the bathing public.

Samples taken Monday were above threshold for enterococci bacteria, and the beach will be re-sampled Monday, July 2, 2012.

Health Department: Flood waters pose health risk

Health Department: Flood waters pose health risk

Tampa, Florida - The Hillsborough County Health Department warns against swimming or wading through floods left around the Bay area from Tropical Storm Debby,

According to a recent release, skin contact with flood waters does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, but health hazards are a concern when waters become contaminated.

Flood waters may contain fecal material, associated bacteria, and viruses.

The Hillsborough County Health Department recommends the following precautions to prevent possible illness from flood waters:

Florida DOH: Alert to private well owners in flooded areas

Florida DOH: Alert to private well owners in flooded areas

Bartow, Florida -- The Florida Department of Health is advising private well owners affected by flood waters to take precautions against disease-causing organisms that may make their water unsafe to drink.

DOH recommends one of the following: