Lisa Conley Naples Daily News Published 6:00 AM EDT Nov 1, 2018 When Hurricane Irma made landfall on Sept. 10, 2017, it felled or damaged beyond salvation 1,929 trees throughout Naples, according to city officials, and it will likely take years to replace them. “Hurricane Irma did not discriminate, and every corner of Naples was affected,” said Dana Souza, the city's community services director. “Tree loss on main roads, like Crayton Road, would be noticeable," so the City Council asked staff to make replanting in those areas a priority, he said. At a glance: Hurricane Irma destroyed 1,929 trees in Naples The Blair Foundation will match up to $500,000 in donations to the city to replace the trees The cost of a new tree is between $800 and $5,000 depending on the species and size The city has three years to raise the $500,000 To donate or for more information, contact the Community Services Department: 239-213-7120 Before Irma, … [Read more...] about Hurricane Irma: Naples lost almost 2,000 trees. When will they be replaced?
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByRichard Fausset, Sheri Fink and Matthew Haag Oct. 11, 2018 PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Bay Medical Center, a 300-bed hospital in the center of town, was a tumultuous mess. Staff members were frantically working on Thursday to evacuate patients just as new ones showed up at the door. Hurricane Michael had strafed the place, blowing out windows and stripping some of the buildings in the sprawling complex down to their metal girders. Signage was strewn in the streets. Doctors, nurses and workers wandered outside, some crying, some looking for cell service. The governor had announced that all of the patients in the hospital were to be evacuated. But by midmorning Thursday, at least 100 patients remained inside. And other residents of the ravaged city were still showing up asking for medical care … [Read more...] about Hospitals Pummeled by Hurricane Michael Scramble to Evacuate Patients
Harriet Howard Heithaus Naples Daily News Published 6:00 AM EDT Sep 11, 2018 Hurricane Irma taught its emergency responders two extremely different lessons: Collier County could become an island, fending for itself when much of the state was under siege, without power and with dwindling fuel supplies. Collier County's reeling communities were linked to help around the nation. Agencies and volunteers knit donations of food, muscle and bureaucratic savvy into a safety net. Which lesson you learned depended on which aspect of emergency needs you were fielding. For Dan Summers, director of the Collier County Department of Emergency Management, the size of the hurricane that made landfall Sept. 10, 2017, had cut off the hope of mutual aid: "When you have 30 counties affected around you, you're really on your own," he said. For Ashley Jones, director of social services and disaster relief for the Salvation Army in Collier County, volunteers were trickling in from … [Read more...] about Lessons Collier charities and nonprofits learned from Hurricane Irma
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded nearly $60 million to 161 community health centers in six southern states and two U.S. territories that were impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Capital Assistance for Hurricane Response and Recovery Efforts (CARE) funding will help ensure continued access to primary health care services at community health centers in areas affected by the hurricanes. “Health centers serve as lifelines to services and networks of resources in their communities every day, and especially during a crisis,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “These grants build on other HHS investments to ensure that health centers can continue to serve communities impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and strengthen their readiness to respond to the needs of the community after future hurricanes or other disasters.” This funding was made … [Read more...] about HHS Awards Nearly $60 million to Support Community Health Centers Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
Lawsuits against property and casualty insurers with the largest market shares in Florida increased sharply in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the same period last year, and Hurricane Irma claims are to blame, insurers say.The top 20 property insurers in Florida, as ranked by policy count, were served with 10,933 suits between Jan. 1 and March 31. In the same quarter last year, those same insurers were sued 6,768 times. This year's total was a 61.5 percent increase.Increased costs to insurers from the suits won't affect rates for hurricane insurance this year, but could impact them next year when insurers negotiate reinsurance contracts based in part on total losses from the September 2017 storm, the president of a large Florida-based insurer said.Fort Lauderdale-based Universal Property & Casualty Co., the state's largest insurer, saw the largest increase both by overall numbers and percentage - from 1,095 suits in January through March 2017 to 2,829 during the same period … [Read more...] about Hurricane Irma powers sharp increase in lawsuits against insurers