kissimmee, florida – The forced evacuation of residents of the Good Samaritan Society, also known as the Good Samaritan Village, has been lifted. While many residents are happy with this, there are some areas that will not reopen and some residents will be left homeless.
Hundreds of residents of the Good Samaritan Village swarmed in and out of the bus, looking for answers, some angry.
Osceola Commissioner Peggy Choudhury said she had brought together FEMA, legal services and housing experts to answer questions and review the allegations one-on-one.
Joe Malolis said he was fighting for help after his 76-year-old mother’s home was submerged, damaging her electric scooter and her home. He said, “For hours he had no contact with FEMA. I’m still trying to find out,” he said.
Now that mandatory evacuations have been lifted, FEMA branch spokesperson Andrew Friend said both on-site inspectors and residents could see the damage better.
“People can now go back to their facilities and see what really happened, so they can always go back and update their applications with FEMA,” said Friend.
However, some are frustrated by the constant awaiting an answer from the Village of the Good Samaritan about their homeland. Resident Miguel Velez says, “The Good Samaritans are the culprits here. They are the culprits.”
The Good Samaritan Society, also known as the Good Samaritan Village, issued the following statement:
“We are grateful that the mandatory evacuation order for the Kissimmee Village campus has been lifted. Safety is our number one priority when staff return to campus.” We work with leading disaster and property restoration companies to ensure proper procedures are taken. includes, but is not limited to, surface cleaning, unit and building evaluation, moisture and air quality testing, debris, etc. Cleanup, cooperation with local agencies on power restoration. We are also seeking final approval from the Florida Department of Health Administration for a return-to-campus plan for skilled nurses and assisted residents. “Due to the extent of damage caused by Hurricane Ian, many of Kissimmee Village’s stand-alone residential units are unsafe to live in. A thorough assessment of each unit following a major disaster and an assessment of Orangewood Place, Cypress Landings, and Birch Some areas of Wood Court, Grand Oaks, Maple Leaf Shores, and Walnut Glen have made the difficult decision not to restore their separate residential housing units: Lease Notice Effective December 1, 2022. Mandatory. Now that evacuation orders have been lifted, Independent Living Residents may return to campus if they wish to collect their personal belongings, view their units, or meet with staff. and have the option to allow staff to dispose of it on their behalf.” Residents who have been affected are provided with comprehensive information on flood and hurricane preparedness and are encouraged to purchase appropriate renter insurance to cover such events.”
FEMA encourages anyone who has been denied help to keep trying. You can go to the Disaster Recovery Center at the Hart Memorial Library in Kissimmee. Alternatively, call FEMA 800-621-3352 or try disasterassistance.gov.