Florida Builders Help Tornado Victims Rebound
The Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) and the HBA of Lake County on Feb. 8 hosted a construction fair to help citizens devastated by recent tornadoes in the central part of the state with their construction repair and rebuilding needs.
Participating in “OPERATION REBUILD: Building Florida Back Better” were state and federal agencies, local building officials, and home hardening and disaster contractor organizations. Gathering in one large tent in the parking lot of the Home Depot of Lady Lake, they distributed “model” rebuilding contracts and important information on the state’s building code, building permits, licensed contractors and how to make homes stronger when they are reconstructed.
The effort provided home owners with all of the key information they need to begin rebuilding.
OPERATION REBUILD is a service that the FHBA provides to communities that have been hard-hit by natural disasters. “We’ve seen the benefits OPERATION REBUILD provided after the devastating hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 and we’re excited to be able to aid Central Floridians recently impacted by the tornadoes,” said John Wiseman, the association’s president and president of CORE Construction of Florida.
In addition to home builders, the following organizations participated in OPERATION REBUILD: the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Disaster Contractors Network, Lake County Building Officials, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Institute for Business and Home Safety, and the Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and AC Contractors Association.
Instrumental in the success of the program were Jim Bible, president of the HBA of Lake County and vice president of Showcase Homes; Lake Past President and FHBA Life Director George Hansford; Lake Executive Officer Jean Kaminski; and Richard Vorchack of Showcase Homes.
For more information, e-mail Edie Ousley at FHBA, or call her at 850-251-6261.