Orange, Seminole, Lake, and Osceola counties have been added to Operation Blue Roof, a government funded program assisting homeowners after Hurricane Irma.

The program is available at no cost to eligible homeowners.

Run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and funded through FEMA, Operation Blue Roof provides temporary blue plastic sheeting to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made.

The first temporary roof was installed Sept. 16 in Collier County.

“The blue covers are a tangible sign to the community that ensuring their safety, security, and peace of mind is our top priority,” said Col. Jason Kirk, district commander.

A staging center for the operation’s Central Florida location opened Tuesday at the Orange County Library, 5049 Edgewater Dr., Orlando.

Only primary residences with standard shingled roofs are eligible to receive a temporary blue roof. Metal roofs and mobile homes may be repaired on a case by case basis. Roofs with greater than 50 percent structural damage are not eligible.

Renters must obtain permission from property owners for a blue roof installation.

FEMA’s mission is to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards, according to a statement by FEMA.

It also is available to residents in Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Sumter, and St. Lucie counties.

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