Residents affected by TS Nicole urge individual help from FEMA – Action News Jax

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Residents and city leaders are calling on the federal government to declare Tropical Storm Nicole a disaster.

It’s been about a week since Nicole knocked the neighbors out of their homes and left others with more damage than they could have imagined.

FEMA hasn’t officially declared Nicole a “disaster” yet.

Sharonda Wilson lives along the Trout River and is one of many seeking one-on-one help.

“We need help,” Wilson said. “We need bad help.”

Wilson said she hopes Nicole will be declared a disaster, so that she and other affected people can receive the help they need.

“They cause us astronomical damage, astronomical problems, and changes in our lives,” Wilson said.

She said she chooses to be strong.

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“I know God didn’t put this on me,” Wilson said, “because he felt I couldn’t handle it.” “I was mentally and physically prepared for disaster, and that’s definitely one thing.”

Just minutes away, you may remember that Eola Copeland’s home was badly damaged after a nearby tree crashed into hers.

She also longs for financial aid from FEMA.

“They have to wait for the governor and the president,” Copeland said. “So I still have to wait.”

In the affected areas, we met with a team from the American Red Cross to assess the damage on the north side.

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Marketa Jacobson, of the American Red Cross, is from Minnesota. It was deployed to Florida after Tropical Storm Nicole.

“Our role here is to assess the damage,” Jacobson said. So we go out into the living and evaluate what we see. Then we enter the data into our phones and upload it to the Red Cross.”

Jean Pauling is also with the American Red Cross and is from Ohio.

“I just came here to show empathy and do everything I can to make them feel like someone cares,” Bowling said. “This is my first spread. I just want to help and be nice.”

Jax Action News spoke with a FEMA official Monday who said the state requires an initial damage assessment “before a declaration is made by FEMA.

“Once all this data and information has been collected with the state and they process that and it’s sent to FEMA they finalize the declaration,” FEMA’s Alberto Bellot said.

Bilott said FEMA is working closely with state and local officials.

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“We recommend that anyone with Nicole damage contact emergency managers, call 211, or volunteer agencies that can assist with any assistance at this point. If there is any situation or announcement, we will provide information to those affected.”

On Tuesday night in St. Johns County, leaders said they would draft letters to lawmakers to ask them to advocate for help, as they received from Ian.

Ian’s survivors can access a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center near them.

St. Johns County, Center is located in the Wind Mitigation Building, 3111 Agricultural Center Dr. St. Augustine, FL 32092.

It is not necessary to visit the center to apply for FEMA assistance. Survivors can go online to, use the FEMA mobile app or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. The line is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

According to FEMA, survivors who sustained damage from Hurricane Nicole should contact their insurance company, take pictures of the damage, begin cleanup, and save receipts.

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