In 2004, the Hurricanes Charley, Francis, and Jeanne combined hat 1,045,235 cubic yards of debris, which was an average of 348,411 cubic yards per storm. In 2005, Hurricane Wilma created 58,364 cubic yards of debris.
By comparison, Hurricane Matthew created 820,777 cubic yards of debris! Debris from Hurricane Matthew would fill more than seven football fields just over 6 ft. high.
FEMA Assistance – Lessons Learned
In Brevard, many residents registered for assistance; however, just about 12% of applicants actually received FEMA funds. Of those that did, 96% received less than $6,600 – which is the average cost of a new roof. While the maximum amount of assistance
per household that could be received is $33,000, no one in Brevard received that amount from Hurricane Matthew, there are some lessons learned for our residents about FEMA assistance:
- FEMA does not reimburse for any food that goes bad as a result of power failure.
- FEMA does not reimburse evacuation expenses unless your home was damaged, and then will only cover lodging expenses, NOT any food, gas or other costs.
- FEMA assistance is rarely equal to replacement costs.
- FEMA does not replace your roof.
- FEMA will not pay your insurance deductible.
- FEMA assistance is not fast, and will want copies of everything.
FEMA is NOT your insurance policy!