By Amanda D. Parker
US Army Corps of Engineers
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, has been tasked by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist eligible homeowners with temporary roof repairs. The program, named Operation Blue Roof, provides a blue plastic sheeting temporary covering to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. The blue plastic sheeting is installed using strips of wood that are secured to the roof with nails or screws.
This program is available at no cost to eligible primary homeowners in Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. Renters must obtain legal permission to continue occupying the residence until more permanent repairs are made.
Only primary residences that have standard shingled roofs are eligible to receive a temporary blue roof. Metal roofs and mobile homes will be repaired as practical on a case by case basis, and roofs with greater than 50% structural damage are not eligible for this program.
Homeowners must sign a Right of Entry (ROE) form to allow government employees and contractors onto their property to assess damage and install the temporary covering. ROE collection centers will be set up by Corps teams in convenient neighborhood locations. Updated information about collection center locations in each county will be distributed daily.
Current Right of Entry collection centers are located at:
COLLIER COUNTY: **Open Thursday, September 14
* 2800 North Horseshoe Dr., Naples, FL 34104
LEE COUNTY: **Open Thursday, September 14
* Lowe's Home Improvement, 8040 Dani Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33966
PINELLLAS COUNTY: **Opening Friday, September 15
* The Outreach Center, 12875 Walsingham Rd., Largo, FL 337744
Centers are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Additional locations may be added as necessary.
Current information is available on the Jacksonville District Web site at www.saj.usace.army.mil/BlueRoof at 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258). Information is provided in both English and Spanish through this single number.
"The safety, security and peace of mind of the millions of people who were affected by Hurricane Irma is our priority," said Col. Jason A. Kirk, district commander. "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a proud history of providing assistance when our citizens need it most. Whether it is providing ice, water, temporary housing or temporary roof repairs, we are on the job, and we will be on the job as long as we are needed."
For the most current information, please visit the Jacksonville District website at www.saj.usace.army.mil/BlueRoof or call 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258).