Time Drawing to a Close for Hillsborough Residents to Apply for Operation Blue Roof
Applications being accepted at local Disaster Recovery Center through Oct. 11
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2017) – Hillsborough County residents whose roofs were damaged during Hurricane Irma are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for free temporary coverings through Operation Blue Roof.
Operation Blue Roof is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Operation for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Through the program, workers will install fiber-reinforced sheeting to cover damaged roofs until arrangements can be made for permanent repairs.
The program is for primary residences or permanently occupied rental properties with less than 50 percent structural damage. Vacation rental properties are not eligible.
Hillsborough residents have through Oct. 11 to apply for the free service at the local Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery Center. The center is located at The Regent, 6437 Watson Road in Riverview. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Appointments are not necessary. Residents and business owners impacted by Hurricane Irma can visit the center to find out about other federal, state, and local programs and services available to help them.
Some other things applicants should know about Operation Blue Roof:
- The framing must support the plastic sheeting as a temporary repair, and be able to provide safe shelter once contractors install the tarp.
- The resident must certify that he or she is the owner of the home or is a renter who has obtained legal permission to continue occupying the residence until more permanent repairs are made. If homeowners are unable to visit the center in person, they may send another person to make the request for them. Landlords may make requests for tenants who use their homes as a primary residence.
- The roof must be standard roof shingles, or a similar material that will allow contractors to nail the tarp in place. Contractors will consider repairs to metal roofs and mobile homes on a case-by-case basis.
- Contractors cannot cover roofs made of materials such as slate, asbestos, or clay tile, or other material which would be exceptionally difficult to repair, or would likely be damaged during tarp installation.