Today is the last day to register for FEMA assistance after Hurricane Irma in Florida

ORLANDO — You have until 11:59 p.m. tonight, Friday, Nov. 24, to register with FEMA if you have damage caused by Hurricane Irma in Florida between Sept. 4 and Oct. 18. How to register: • Online at • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service (VRS). If you […]

Community helps veteran with repair to home

OKEECHOBEE — An 85-year-old Korean War veteran in Riverbend Mobile Home & R.V. Park has found help from the community with repairs to his hurricane-damaged home. Frank E. Sullivan, an 85-year-old Korean War veteran did not know who to turn to after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offered only $1,000 for repairs to his […]

Local veteran needs help after Hurricane Irma

OKEECHOBEE — An 85-year-old Korean War veteran in Riverbend Mobile Home & R.V. Park is in need of assistance in repairing damage done to his home by Hurricane Irma. Frank E. Sullivan said Friday, Nov. 10, that he “needs help” but does not know where to go or what to do. Sullivan is an 85-year-old […]

Hurricanes bring risk to dike

OKEECHOBEE — The greatest threat to the Herbert Hoover Dike during a hurricane is storm surge. Sustained hurricane force winds can push the lake’s water from one side to the other, sending a wall of water crashing into, or even over, the dike. On Sept. 11, as winds from Hurricane Irma pushed Lake Okeechobee’s water […]

Volunteers help Gatorama rebuild after hurricane

OKEECHOBEE — Volunteers are helping to repair the Gatorama attraction, pitching in to help deal with the major damage wrought when Category 3 Hurricane Irma roared through on Sept. 10-11. The working alligator farm that features tours of its enclosures, exhibits and habitat boardwalk year-round as well as an annual Gator Hatching Festival, which wrapped […]

Hurricane brings out the best in Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee City Council had plenty of praise for the city staff, county staff and local residents at their Sept. 19 meeting at City Hall. “I think we all feel very blessed we did not receive the brunt of the storm,” said Mayor Dowling Watford. “I would like to commend the city staff. […]

Tips for reporting insurance claims

TALLAHASSEE – Following the landfall of Hurricane Irma, many Floridians are now assessing their homes and property for damage and taking steps to make temporary repairs to prevent additional damage before filing insurance claims. CFO Jimmy Patronis and Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier encourage Floridians to be prompt in notifying their insurance companies and cautious of […]

Beware of unlicensed contractors

Okeechobee County officials advise  that you protect yourself from unlicensed contractor activity.  It is recommended that you verity the contractor is licensed and registered to work in Okeechobee County online at or by contacting the Okeechobee county Building Department at 863-763-5548. For more information, contact the Okeechobee County Division of Emergency Management Community Information […]

Post Hurricane Irma

  These photos were taken of the damage done in the Okeechobee area  by  Hurricane Irma.

Okeechobee during Hurricane Irma

These photos were taken at Red Cross Shelters in Okeechobee over the weekend.