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Mayor Ashton Hayward Recovery Update
PENSACOLA -- We've made tremendous progress over the last week. Sewer service has been restored to hard-hit areas like Piedmont Road. Many of the streets and city facilities which were damaged have been reopened. We are rebuilding. City workers and first responders have been working tirelessly to repair streets, pick up storm debris, and keep out residents safe.
Hundreds of volunteers have worked to help those throughout our community who were impacted by last week's storm. I've spent most of the past week walking the affected streets, checking on residents and working closely with City employees and volunteers.
I've been moved by the kindness, compassion, and dedication of those who have placed the needs of others above their own.
Pensacola is truly a special place, home to some amazing people.
As always, it is my honor and privilege to serve as your mayor. -Ashton How to Apply for Assistance If you or someone you know was affected by last week's storm and flooding, and don't have flood insurance, now is the time to apply for assistance. Most people will want to apply for assistance under FEMA's Individuals and Households Program (IHP). There are three ways to apply: Online. Simply visit www.disasterassistance.gov <
By Phone. Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).
In Person. Field teams will be set up from 7am-7pm tomorrow at two locations within the City limits: Roger Scott Tennis Center (2130 Summit Boulevard) and Legion Field (1301 West Gregory Street).
Other types of assistance are also available, including: Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program Small Business Administration Disaster Loans Disaster Unemployment Assistance FEMA Legal Assistance Crisis Counseling Assistance & Training Program
For more information, visit our recovery information site at http://cityofpensacola.com/recovery
Pensacola has an unbreakable community spirit. When we're faced with challenges, we rally together to help neighbors and strangers alike.
I've been touched and humbled by the outpouring of goodwill and generosity over the past ten days.
People are still calling to ask how they can help.
United Way of Escambia has put together a great list of organizations serving flood victims that are looking for volunteers:
American Red Cross
Where: 222 N. Baylen Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
Contact: LaDonna Spivey at redcross.org
Details: Include the days and times you are available.
Florida Baptist Disaster Relief Ministries
Hillcrest Baptist Church
Where: Heritage Hall, 800 East Nine Mile Rd, Pensacola, FL 32514
When: 8am-8pm Contact: (850) 361-4717
National Association of Christian Churches
Where: New Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 223 Massachusetts Ave., Pensacola, FL 32505
When: May 9-11, 8am-5:30pm
Contact: Pastor Jose Ortega at 214-537-9627
What: Volunteers are needed to help with seven to eight projects with residents' homes including laying sheetrock and gutting out. All equipment and supplies are provided.
Head Start/Community Action Program Committee
Where: Gibson Head Start Center, 710 North C Street, Pensacola 32501 (Located on Cervantes between C and B streets)
When: Wednesday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 20 from 8am-5pm.
What: Debris cleanup.
Contact: Sarah Sutton by email at Community Action Program or Monday-Friday from 8am-3pm at 850.432.2992 ext 438.
Details: Some equipment will be available; however, if you have your own rakes, clippers or gloves please bring them.