FEMA Disaster Declaration information for individuals and businesses

FEMA Disaster Declaration information for individuals and businesses

On September 13, 2017, FEMA released a Florida Disaster Declaration for areas hit by Hurricane Irma. Marion County is listed for Individual Assistance (IA). Ocala Post spoke with FEMA Thursday and confirmed the information. According to FEMA, individuals seeking assistance must apply within 60 days. FEMA does not provide assistance for food loss. If you […]

Hurricane warning for Marion County, flood watch, concealed carry information

Hurricane warning for Marion County, flood watch, concealed carry information

The National Weather Service Hurricane Center has issued the following warnings for Marion County. ALL information contained within this article came directly from the NOAA. This includes the State Road 200 area, Dunnellon, and Rainbow Lakes Estates area. Hurricane wind conditions are expected somewhere within the Marion county area within the next 36 hours with […]

Video: Hurricane Irma update, mandatory evacuation for some Marion County residents

Video: Hurricane Irma update, mandatory evacuation for some Marion County residents

[Video brought to you by our partners at AccuWeather] Marion County officials have issued a Mandatory evacuation for residents who live in modular and mobile homes. The latest models for Hurricane Irma have shifted the storm slightly left, taking it straight up the Florida Peninsula. AccuWeather meteorologists said that “the worst-case scenario is now possible […]

Hurricane Irma closes Ocala National Forest

Hurricane Irma closes Ocala National Forest

  Forest Service Public Affairs Specialist Susan Blake said Thursday that due to Hurricane Irma, the Ocala National Forest will be closing trails, campgrounds and concession areas to the public on Friday, September 8, 2017, at 5 p.m. until further notice. Additionally, the Ocala district ranger offices will be closed Friday through Monday and will […]

Food stamp recipients should receive benefits early due to Hurricane Irma

Food stamp recipients should receive benefits early due to Hurricane Irma

Those who are scheduled to receive their food stamp benefits later in the month should have received them early, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families. “To help families prepare for Hurricane Irma, SNAP benefits for the month of September have been released to customers who would normally receive benefits later in the […]

Video: Hurricane Irma update, sandbag locations, school closures

Video: Hurricane Irma update, sandbag locations, school closures

[Video brought to you by our partners at Accuweather.com] Officials with Marion County Public Schools announced Wednesday that they will be closed Friday, September 8, and Monday, September  11, due to Hurricane Irma. On Monday afternoon, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for every county in Florida in anticipation of Irma. A state of emergency […]

Video: Hurricane Irma update, preparedness, school information

Video: Hurricane Irma update, preparedness, school information

[Video brought to you by our partners at Accuweather.com] Florida residents are once again preparing for a powerful hurricane. The Florida Keys is currently under an evacuation. “This hurricane has the potential to be a major event for the East Coast. It also has the potential to significantly strain FEMA and other governmental resources occurring […]

Food stamp recipients receive deposits early due to Hurricane Matthew

Food stamp recipients receive deposits early due to Hurricane Matthew

Food stamp recipients should have received early deposits due to Hurricane Matthew. According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, current food stamp customers in Baker, Brevard, Broward, Citrus, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, […]

Concealed carry of a weapon during a state of emergency/evacuation

Concealed carry of a weapon during a state of emergency/evacuation

Ocala Post has received multiple e-mails in regards to concealed carry during a mandatory evacuation order during a declared state of emergency. In 2015, Governor Rick Scott signed a bill allowing citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a permit during a state of emergency. SB-290 created an exception to the conceal carry statute and enables a person who […]

Hurricane Matthew scraping Florida’s coast, 600,000 without power so far

The NOAA said, "Due to expected flooding, heavy rain, and high winds with the possibility of tornadoes, the current threat to life and property is elevated."

Hurricane Matthew scraping Florida’s coast, 600,000 without power so far

  [Last updated on October 7, 2016, at 4:33 p.m. Brought to you by Ocala Post and our partners at AccuWeather. ] Stay tuned to this article for future updates and videos. Shelters are now closed. Hurricane Matthew is now a category 3, sustained winds of 120 m.p.h. The National Weather service said, “Because the hurricane is over […]

Weird face-like image appears during satellite imaging

Weird face-like image appears during satellite imaging

No, the image has not been photo shopped. The satellite photo was aired on Tuesday by Weather Channel senior meteorologist Stu Ostro as Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti. The image shows the hurricane through an infrared camera lens. Many turned to social media and said the photo resembled a creepy clown or skull.