Temporary help is on the way for Florida homeowners with roof damage after Hurricane Irma. Representatives with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be at locations across the state where residents can go and sign up for temporary roof repair through Operation Blue Roof.

The program offers temporary repairs for standard shingled roofs, metal roofs and mobile homes will be considered on a case by case basis. Roofs with more than 50 percent structural damage are not eligible. The free program sends licensed contractors to homes to cover damaged roofs with tarps until homeowners can make permanent repairs.

To receive this assistance, homeowners must fill out a form to allow Corps staff and contractors onto their property by visiting one of the sign up centers below.

Centers have not been set up in Brevard, Marion, Lake and Volusia counties yet. Until then, people living in these counties can sign up at any center. Seminole and Sumter counties are not eligible at this time.

For more information, call 1-888-766-3258.

Orange

Edgewater Orange County Library
5049 Edgewater Drive
Orlando, FL 32810
Open daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Osceola

Hart Memorial Central Library
211 E Dakin Ave
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Open daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Polk

Near Airport
5253 Airport Blvd.
Bartow, FL
Open daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

Do I qualify for Operation Blue Roof?

  1. The home must be the primary residence* of the person or household requesting the emergency roof covering; AND
  2. The residence has more than 50 percent of the roof framing undamaged. The framing must support the plastic sheeting as a temporary repair, and be able to provide safe shelter once contractors install the tarp; AND
  3. The resident certifies that he or she is the owner of the residence requested to be covered OR is a renter that has obtained legal permission to continue occupying the residence until more permanent repairs are made; AND
  4. The resident certifies that they will shelter in the residence that they have requested to be covered; AND
  5. 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 and will install the cover if possible.  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.

Operation Blue Roof is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

* If homeowners are unable to visit a Right of Entry Center in person, they may send another person to make the request for them. Landlords may also make requests for tenants who use their homes as a primary residence.