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    It’s a story that has worried millions: What exactly is the Equifax data breach? How am I impacted? What can I do now? Since we first began reporting on the enormous breach of 143 million Americans' personal information, we’ve received a lot of feedback from you, our listeners. We know you’re worried about your privacy, your money and your identity. That’s why Consumer Warrior Clark Howard is here for you.  Listen below as Clark takes your questions and arms you with the info you need to know! BACKGROUND Equifax has been under intense public pressure since it disclosed last week that hackers accessed or stole millions of Social Security numbers, birthdates and other information.  On Friday -- the same day two key executives retired immediately -- it gave its most detailed timeline of the breach yet, saying it noticed suspicious network traffic associated with its U.S. online dispute portal web application on July 29.  Equifax said it believes the access occurred from May 13 through July 30.   Equifax had said earlier that it identified a weakness in an open-source software package called Apache Struts as the technological crack that allowed hackers to heist the data from the massive database maintained primarily for lenders.  That disclosure late Wednesday cast the company's damaging security lapse in an even harsher light. The software problem was detected in March and a recommended software patch was released shortly afterward. Equifax said its security officials were 'aware of this vulnerability at that time, and took efforts to identify and to patch any vulnerable systems in the company's IT infrastructure.' The company has hired Mandiant, a business often brought in to deal with major security problems at big companies, to conduct a forensic review. Equifax also said Friday it would continue to allow people to place credit freezes on their reports without a fee through Nov. 21. Originally, the company offered fee-free credit freezes for 30 days after the incident. For much more Equifax content, CLICK HERE to visit Consumer Adviser Clark Howard's official website, Clark.com.
  • With businesses disrupted, fuel and chemical refineries out of commission and consumers struggling to restore their lives, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will likely pack a tough double-whammy for the U.S. economy. Nearly one-fifth of the nation's oil refining capacity has been shut down because of Harvey, and fuel production has dropped sharply as a result, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Consumers will also spend less in the immediate aftermath of the storms. Even those ready to make purchases will face closed storefronts and dark restaurants. Irma will cause tourists to delay — and in many cases never take — trips to Florida's beaches or Disney World. Chemical refineries have also been closed, reducing the production of plastics. Damage estimates from the two storms are still early, particularly for Irma. Hurricane Harvey will likely cost up to $108 billion, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which would make it the second-most-expensive hurricane after Katrina. Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody's Analytics, estimates that Irma will cause $64 billion to $92 billion in damage. While the economic toll pales beside the human costs, analysts estimate that the nation's annualized growth rate will be one-half to one full percentage point slower in the July-September quarter than it would otherwise have been. But repair work, reconstruction and purchases of replacement cars and other goods should provide an offsetting boost later this year and in early 2018. 'Construction activity will rocket in the affected areas,' predicted Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. 'Households' spending on building materials, furniture, appliances, and vehicles will all be much higher than otherwise would have been the case.' Catastrophic natural disasters often don't depress the U.S. economy in the long run. The destruction of property reduces the nation's total wealth. But all the rebuilding and restoration work tends to stimulate economic growth in the following months. The rebuilding can take time. After Hurricane Katrina bashed New Orleans in 2005, it took seven months for home building permits in the city to return to their pre-hurricane levels, according to Goldman Sachs. Economists at Goldman estimate that Harvey and Irma will slice growth in the July-September quarter by 0.8 percentage point to an annual rate of 2 percent. But they forecast a healthy rebound, with annualized economic activity 0.4 percentage point higher in the October-December quarter, 0.2 percentage point higher in the January-March quarter next year, and 0.4 percentage point higher in the April-June period. Irma has so far wreaked much less damage than initially feared, with Citi analyst James Naklicki estimating total costs could reach $50 billion, down from earlier estimate of as much as $150 billion. Still, more than 7 million people have lost power because of Irma, with most of them living in Florida. The state makes up about 5 percent of the U.S. economy. Flooding from Irma could affect about $1.2 billion of the state's crops, Bank of America Merrill Lynch estimates, and elevate food prices. With oil refineries along the Gulf Coast shut down, gas prices have jumped about 30 cents a gallon nationwide, on average, since Harvey made landfall in late August. That will temporarily reduce Americans' spending power because they will have less money to spend on other items. The impact of Harvey has been particularly harsh in Houston, the nation's fourth-largest city. The entire metro area accounts for about 3.2 percent of the nation's economy. Higher gas costs will likely increase measures of inflation in the coming months, economists say, but the rise will likely be small and temporary. Housing costs could rise, too. The cost of lumber has already been rising because of the wildfires in the western United States, said John Mothersole, an economist at IHS Markit. Hurricane-related repairs and rebuilding could push prices higher. Nearly 90 percent of U.S. chemical refinery capacity has been closed down, Mothersole said. That could make all sorts of plastics more expensive, including PVC pipes and other building materials. The Federal Reserve, which adjusts interest rates to keep inflation in check, will likely discount any increase in prices. 'The Fed is going to view this, correctly, as a transitory event,' Mothersole said. Still, Fed policymakers may have a difficult time analyzing the broader underlying health of the economy because of the hurricane distortions. For example, the number of jobs added in September could be 20,000 to 100,000 lower because of storm disruptions, Goldman Sachs estimates. ___ Contact Chris Rugaber on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber ___ HURRICANE NEWSLETTER - Get the best of the AP's all-formats reporting on Irma and Harvey in your inbox: http://apne.ws/ahYQGtb
  • As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, an Associated Press analysis shows a steep drop in flood insurance across the state, including the areas most endangered by what could be a devastating storm surge. In just five years, the state's total number of federal flood insurance policies has fallen by 15 percent, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency data. Florida's property owners still buy far more federal flood insurance than any other state — 1.7 million policies, covering about $42 billion in assets — but most residents in hazard zones are badly exposed. With 1,350 miles of coastline, the most in the continental United States, Florida has roughly 2.5 million homes in hazard zones, more than three times that of any other state, FEMA estimates. And yet, across Florida's 38 coastal counties, just 42 percent of these homes are covered. Florida's overall flood insurance rate for hazard-zone homes is just 41 percent. Fannie Mae ostensibly requires mortgage lenders to make sure property owners buy this insurance to qualify for federally backed loans, and yet in 59 percent of the cases, that insurance isn't being paid for. Average annual premiums range from about $4,200 in Horseshoe Beach, a town of 169 residents on the Gulf Coast where 78 percent of policies have been dropped since 2012, down to about $200 in several cities. In most, it's between $300 and $500. In the counties being under at least partial evacuation orders Wednesday (Collier, Broward, Monroe and Miami-Dade), where 1.3 million houses are estimated to be in flood hazard zones, the percentage is an even lower 34.3 percent. Nationwide, only half the 10 million properties that need flood insurance have it, said Roy Wright, who runs the National Flood Insurance Program. He told the AP last week that he wants to double the number of policies sold nationally in the near future. The declines in coverage started after Congress approved a price hike in 2012, making policies more expensive. Maps of some high-risk areas were redrawn, removing a requirement that these homeowners get the insurance. About 7 of 10 homeowners have federally backed mortgages, and if they live in a high-risk area, they still are required to have flood insurance. But many let their policies slip without the lender noticing; loans also get sold and repackaged, paperwork gets lost and new lenders don't follow up. FEMA, which is ultimately responsible for enforcing flood insurance requirements, did not respond to an email seeking comment from its Washington office on Wednesday. The private flood insurance market is small — only about 20,000 policies in Florida. The latest forecasts suggest Irma's most destructive winds could carve up much of Florida's priciest real estate, damaging properties from the Florida Keys through Jacksonville as it swirls north. 'This could easily be the most costly storm in U.S. history, which is saying a lot considering what just happened two weeks ago,' said University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy. Insurance companies are still tallying the damage from Hurricane Harvey's extended stay over southern Texas in August, but insured losses are estimated at $20 billion, and that's a fraction of the $65 billion or more in losses due to flooding alone that could have been insured, according to the catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide. No one is expecting Irma to flood Florida on a similar scale. Harvey sat over Houston for days, dumping up to 50 inches of rain. Irma is moving swiftly and should bring less than a quarter of that to Florida cities. South Florida also has a better flood control system, the ground is more porous and there aren't any hills to send water rushing down from above, said Hugh Willoughby, a former research director at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and now a professor at Florida International University in Miami. Still, many Floridians could find themselves with no money for flood repairs, just like people in Houston, where flood coverage dropped by 9 percent since 2012. If Irma's eye follows a track just west of Florida's eastern coast, the initial storm surge could heavily damage the Florida Keys, the cities at the southern tip of Florida's mainland, Florida City and Homestead, parts of Miami and Miami Beach, and other Atlantic coast cities, said Brian Haus, a professor of ocean sciences at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The AP analysis shows that the number of flood insurance policies sold in the Keys, Miami, Miami Beach and Homestead has stayed basically steady since 2012, but tiny Florida City has seen a drop of 31 percent. Miami-Dade County overall has seen a 7 percent drop in policies sold, falling from 371,000 in 2012 to 342,000 today. Just to the north in Broward County, home to Fort Lauderdale, the state has seen its biggest drop among major counties, falling 44 percent from 372,000 policies five years ago to 207,000 today. County officials say they don't track the flood insurance program, leaving that to the cities. If Irma's eye moves instead up Florida's west coast, that would put Tampa, St. Petersburg and other Gulf cities in danger to significant storm surge, Haus said. St. Petersburg has seen an almost 10 percent drop in federal flood policies written in the last five years, while Tampa has seen a 3.5 percent drop, according to the AP analysis. ___ Hoyer reported from Washington. Associated Press Science Writer Seth Borenstein in Washington contributed to this report. ___ HURRICANE NEWSLETTER - Get the best of the AP's all-formats reporting on Irma and Harvey in your inbox: http://apne.ws/ahYQGtb
  • If you’ve ever tried to shop for health care by price, you know it’s a frustrating experience. That’s because health care as an industry has steadfastly rejected price transparency, with the exception of nurse-in-a-box operations that generally do post prices. But that frustrating feeling may soon go away thanks to several innovative new websites. Read more: How to hire a medical billing specialist as an advocate Know what you’re going to pay before you go under the knife We’ve reached a point where there a number of sites that can help you shop for health care procedures as varied as MRIs, CT scans, mammograms and blood work. Amino is a free service that allows you to research the cost of a particular procedure at your doctor of choice based on the insurance you have! It pulls together data from other people who have the same insurance who already had the procedure you’re looking for at the doctor you’re considering. The site now boasts pricing data on 550,000 physicians, 78 procedures and 129 insurance companies. Among the procedures you can get a quote for on Amino are ACL surgery, EKGs, hernia surgery, knee arthroscopy, skin tag removal and vasectomy. For example, ACL surgery in Jacksonville, Fla., with United Healthcare as your insurer yields quotes that range from $7,957 to $10,841 for the same procedure at different doctors throughout the area. In another example, a liver biopsy in the Los Angeles area with Aetna can run you anywhere from $3,838 to $4,411. So it pays shop wisely! Another service that lets you comparison shop for pricing of select procedures is Vitals.com. State employees in Kentucky and New Hampshire and employees of Florida’s Jackson Health System have access to this tool that searches by price. Those employees have further incentives to shop based on cost because they can earn between $25 to $500 from their employer by selecting lower-cost providers, according to the Wall Street Journal. A third option for comparison shopping is Healthcare Bluebook, which offers a free Fair Price search tool. You have recourse if medical billing issues arise Medical debt is damaging the credit of around 43 million people, according to the latest figures available. You would expect damaged credit from medical bills to be a problem for the uninsured. But the untold story here is that people with insurance get their credit trashed both because of billing mix-ups and high debt-to-income ratios. Some of that debt is debt that people don’t legitimately owe. That’s because roughly eight in 10 hospital bills have multiple errors, according to Money magazine. So almost always the bill will be wrong, and it won’t be in your favor. If you need help sorting out your bill, you might consider hiring a claims assistance professional or medical billing advocate who will look over your bill and vet it for errors. These people are available in more than half of all states in the country. Visit Claims.org or BillAdvocates.com to locate one near you and expect to pay between $30 and $50 per hour for their services. Anyone who is uninsured and paying retail for expensive medical services should go this route! Read more: How to tell if your doctor is being paid to steer you to certain drugs Faith-based risk pools alternatives to traditional health insurance Related Articles from clark.com: What to delete when your phone runs out of storage space Read More Disney is hiring and you can work from home Read More National parks lifetime passes for seniors are about to get a lot more expensive Read More
  • As college is starting back up, the Better Business Bureau is warning students and parents or guardians of potential scams targeting them. It is not uncommon this time of year for scammers to try to obtain personal and financial information. “In addition to the fact that young adults take the longest to detect identity theft, there is a lot of opportunity for scammers to target students as they prepare for class,” said Warren King, president of the Better Business Bureau of Western Pennsylvania. The BBB offers these tips to avoid falling for these scams: Financial Aid Scams: These scams can include scholarships, financial aid and seminars. A request for some kind of payment up front for a scholarship or student loan is a sign of a scam. Investigate any potential services or consolidation companies by visiting BBB.com or calling 877-267-5222. They also recommend visiting the U.S. Department of Education’s website for information. Online Income Scams: These scams are intended to target students who are unemployed with a quick and easy way to make money. Always research the company’s name and website before participating in these opportunities. Things to consider are how long the company has been in business and any former complaints it has received. Roommate/Rental Scams: In these scams, students are targeted by posts on Craigslist from others looking for a roommate. The BBB suggests to always confirm exactly who you are dealing with by asking for their name, street address and telephone number. Never wire money back to somebody even if it seems like it was a mistake. Also, avoid accepting payments for more than the agreed price and never assume that a check is legitimate. Online Shopping Scams: Since many students shop online for convenience, these scammers are targeting students by selling highly wanted items at a large discounted price. Different online companies are also offering trial offers that may end up charging you in the long run. Before purchasing any merchandise online, make sure the URL link starts with https and look for a small lock icon in the corner of the URL bar. And always confirm the business to check for legitimacy and try contacting them to verify. For additional back-to-school tips to avoid being a victim of these scams, visit the Better Business Bureau website at BBB.com and report any scams to the BBB scam tracker to help prevent others from falling for these scams. Information provided by the Better Business Bureau. Related Articles from clark.com: What to delete when your phone runs out of storage space Read More Disney is hiring and you can work from home Read More National parks lifetime passes for seniors are about to get a lot more expensive Read More
  • If you’ve always thought it would be magical to work for Disney, now’s your chance — and you don’t have to relocate to live near Disney World or Disneyland. The Disney Store retail chain is hiring guest services representatives in several states to work from home. Disney work-at-home jobs: What you need to know Read more: Top 50 companies hiring for part-time, work-at-home jobs We checked Disney’s careers page and found openings for workers who live in Florida, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. The open positions are part-time, but no salary range is listed on the company’s website. “Cast Members” will assist customers by answering inbound calls and emails, contacting guests via outbound calls and resolving issues that impact the consumer experience. Some of the basic qualifications for the job: Guest service experience preferred and ability to demonstrate strong guest-focused engagement over the phone and via email Strong attention to detail Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written Computer proficiency including personal consumer online shopping experience, knowledge of multiple browsers including navigating websites, mobile web/mobile application experience, use of Microsoft Office Demonstrated success working as a member of a team Access to a reliable, high-speed Internet connection required Able to work a flexible schedule that meets the needs of the business, including evenings, holidays and weekends Although not required, Disney is especially interested in hearing from bilingual candidates who can write and speak both Spanish and English. The position requires a high school diploma or GED. Learn more about the openings and apply now through Disney’s career page. Read more: Work From Home Guide: A list of legitimate, work-at-home job opportunities Google could help you find the perfect job Related Articles from clark.com: Your calculator app has a secret feature that will change your life Read More Retail alert: Starbucks is closing 379 of these mall-based stores Read More Best cell phone plans and deals for 2017 Read More
  • JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – A Florida restaurant was caught trying to cover up a health inspector’s sign after it was shut down by a cockroach infestation, according to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. >> Read more trending news Inspectors forced Jaxon Social in in Jacksonville Beach to close on July 18 after they found 23 live roaches and 35 dead roaches in the kitchen. “It’s eat up with roaches,” said former Jaxon Social cook Brian Lee. A former employee later sent ActionNewsJax.com a photo that showed a handwritten sign on the restaurant’s door. It covered the orange health notice left by inspectors. The handwritten sign said, “Closed for technical difficulties.” Officials said an inspector found the covered sign during a recent follow-up inspection. Kathleen Keenan, deputy director of communications for DBPR, said a division inspector spoke to the restaurant’s operator, and the health notice has since been properly displayed. The restaurant has undergone at least seven inspections since it was closed. An inspector determined as recently as Wednesday that there were still too many live roaches to reopen the restaurant. >> Read more Floridoh! stories “If you open one of the refrigerator doors and pop open the seal, they fall out like,” Lee said. “It’s like you’ve torn the corner off a bag of Skittles. It’s disgusting.” The restaurant’s owner said exterminators were brought into the restaurant Wednesday and that it should reopen after another inspection Friday. The owner said that the restaurant be re-branded before it opens again. According to Department of State records, the restaurant is licensed as KC Crave, LLC.
  • If you’re looking for a six-figure job, there are plenty of companies hiring qualified workers who have the right skills. Job site Glassdoor just released a list of 20 in-demand positions that pay a median salary of $100,000 or more, but these jobs are all considered highly competitive. In other words, there are more job seekers than open jobs — so you need to bring your A-game. Networking is likely key to securing one of these jobs. You also want to avoid these common resume mistakes and job interview mistakes that could eliminate you from consideration. Read more: 13 jobs with the biggest recent salary increases Here are 20 highly competitive jobs that pay $100K, according to Glassdoor: Software Engineer Median Base Salary: $100,000 Number of Open Jobs: 48,065 Companies Hiring: Brose, Nike, Star Cutter, JOOR, BirchBox, Aquent, Evariant, Wisewire, NVIDIA, Warner Bros., Raytheon, K-Tek Resourcing LLC Cities Hiring: Detroit, MI; Beaverton, OR; Elk Rapids, MI; New York, NY; Farmington, CT; Asheville, NC; Baltimore, MD; Santa Clara, CA; Tuscon, AZ; Houston, TX Technical Project Manager Median Base Salary: $100,000 Number of Open Jobs: 1,749 Companies Hiring: NovaCopy, Riverside Research Institute, Zemsania, Daugherty Business Solutions, Akmai, The HT Group, Blue Apron, PSI Talent Assessment, IBM Cities Hiring: Dallas, TX; Wright Patterson AFB, OH; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; Irving, TX; Richmond, CA; Carmel, IN; Hillsboro, OR Hardware Engineer Median Base Salary: $110,000 Number of Open Jobs: 1,494 Companies Hiring: Open Systems International, Cisco Systems, Russound, Google, Ultra Electronics, PeopleTec, Amazon, Nokia, Mercury Systems, Tesla Motors, Qualcomm, KEYW, HP Cities Hiring: Median, MN; Newmarket, NH; Annapolis Junction, MD; Greenford, OH; Huntsville, AL; Seattle, WA; Mountain View, CA; Andover, MA; Palo Alto, CA; Corvallis, OR Software Engineering Manager Median Base Salary: $150,000 Number of Open Jobs: 1,305 Companies Hiring: Nike, Lyft, Evariant, AccessData, FastSpring, GuidedChoice.com, Google, Walmart eCommerce, Mobee, Sallie Mae, Comcast, h2o.ai Cities Hiring: Beaverton, OR; Seattle, WA; Farmington, CT; Lindon, UT; Phoenix, AZ; Mountain View, CA; Boston, MA; Newton, MA; Mountain View, CA Design Manager Median Base Salary: $108,500 Number of Open Jobs: 1,704 Companies Hiring: Therma-Stor, Tuskes Home, SERA Architects, Nike, Ethan Allen, Acromag, United Technologies Corporation, Lands’ End, AltaSource Cities Hiring: Madison, WI; Bethlehem, PA; Houston, TX; Portland, OR; Schaumburg, IL; Wixon, MI; East Hartford, CT; New York, NY; Seattle, WA Financial Planning and Analysis Manager Median Base Salary: $115,000 Number of Open Jobs: 1,380 Companies Hiring: Cafepress, Cardinal Health, WellPet, Hulu, ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Patheon, Columbia Care, Foster McKay, Spectrum, Goldman Sachs, Liberty Mutual Cities Hiring: Louisville, KY; Dublin, OH; Tewksbury, MA; Brooklyn Park, MN; Boston, MA; Morris, NJ; New York, NY Product Manager Median Base Salary: $110,000 Number of Open Jobs: 17,731 Companies Hiring: Facebook, MA Laboratories, Blue Microphones, STIHL Incorporated, Travelbank, Shochwave Medical, TrellisWare Technologies, GTO, Hargray, Nike, Olapic, Aquent Cities Hiring: Menlo Park, CA; Virginia Beach, VA; Washington, DC; Tallahassee, FL; Hilton Head Island, SC; Beaverton, OR; Tempe, AZ Product Marketing Manager Median Base Salary: $116,000 Number of Open Jobs: 2,537 Companies Hiring: Walnut Street Finance, Hargray, McAfee, Uber, Kahtoola, Microsoft Corporation, LeanTaaS, Poshmark, TSYS, Expedia, US Bank, Aetna Cities Hiring: Fairfax, VA; Hilton Head Island, SC; Santa Clara, CA; Alpharette, GA; New York, NY; Flagstaff, AZ; San Diego, CA; Redmond, WA; Broomfield, CO; Cambridge, MA Technology Manager Median Base Salary: $140,000 Number of Open Jobs: 2,294 Companies Hiring: Ogilvy & Mather, JPMorgan Chase & Co., USAA, TMP Worldwide, CDW, Quicken Loans, Yale University, Prelude Services, Sanford Health Cities Hiring: New York, NY; Columbus, OH; San Antonio, TX; San Francisco, CA; Detriot, MI; New Haven, CT; Mechanicsburg, PA; Bemidji, MN Management Consultant Median Base Salary: $110,000 Number of Open Jobs: 3,567 Companies Hiring: Sia Partners, Point B, Riverbed Technologies, RealFoundations, Concurrency, Lincoln Financial Group, Logistics Management Institute, Vichara Technologies, Booz Allen Hamilton Cities Hiring: Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; Newport Beach, CA; Fort Wayne, IN; Alexandria, VA; New York, NY; Annapolis, MD Patent Attorney Median Base Salary: $150,000 Number of Open Jobs: 1,125 Companies Hiring: US Department of Justice, DOJ Antitrust Division, Milwaukee Tool, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Dentons, MNF Global, BCG Attorney Search Inc, Barclay Damon LLP Cities Hiring: Brookefield, WI; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Dalls, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Raleigh, NC; Rochester, NY; Minneapolis, MN Engineering Manager Median Base Salary: $145,000 Number of Open Jobs: 5,263 Companies Hiring: LeadGenius, Harris Corporation, Microsoft, VividCortex, EBSCO, NWG Solutions, RJN Group, Nuwest Group, Autodesk, Yelp, Ingredion Cities Hiring: Berkeley, CA; Rochester, NY; Bellevue, WA; Charlottesville, VA; Clanton, AL; Charlottesville, VA; Dalls, TX; Wenatchee, WA; Bedford Park, IL Medical Science Liaison Median Base Salary: $140,000 Number of Open Jobs: 1,373 Companies Hiring: Shire Pharmaceuticals LLC, GlaxoSmithKline, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, UCB, Ashfield Commercial & Medical Services, Fairway Consulting Group, Bausch & Lomb Cities Hiring: Remote; New Haven, CT; Houston, TX; National City, CA; Florham Park,, NJ; Northeast, NY Finance Manager Median Base Salary: $118,000 Number of Open Jobs: 6,445 Companies Hiring: Cavender Auto, PNC Bank, Amazon, Goodman Manufacturing Company, Stanford School of Medicine, NBC Universal, Fiserv, Ross School Cities Hiring: San Antonio, TX; Pittsburgh, PA; Sunnyvale, CA; Waller, TX; Alpharetta, GA; Stanford, CA; New York, NY; Bridgehampton, NY Procurement Manager Median Base Salary: $104,000 Number of Open Jobs: 1,205 Companies Hiring: WineDirect, Lindt & Sprungli, Morton Salt, Harris Corporation, Bridgestone Americas, United Technologies Corporation, Uline, CLEAResult Cities Hiring: American Canyon, CA; Stratham, NH; Chicago, IL; Palm Bay, FL; Nashville, TN; Phoenix, AZ; Pleasant Prairie, WI; Austin, TX Pharmacist Median Base Salary: $120,000 Number of Open Jobs: 4,213 Companies Hiring: Safeway, OhioHealth, Angel Medical Center, UnityPoint Health, Mission Healthcare Services, Lincare, Global Consulting International, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Cities Hiring: North Pole, AK; Marion, OH; Asheville, NC; Tappahannock, VA; Clinton, NY; Asheville, NC; Moline, IL; Dyess AFB, TX; Omaha, NE; Athens, GA Supply Chain Manager Median Base Salary: $102,000 Number of Open Jobs: 1,668 Companies Hiring: Llamasoft, Therma-Tru, Spectrum Brands, Heineken USA, Materne, QVC, Uline, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, JC Penney Company, United Technologies Cities Hiring: Ann Arbor, MI; Maumee, OH; Lake Forest, CA; White Plains, NY; Nampa, ID; West Chester, PA; Atlanta, GA; Lenexa, KS Data Scientist Median Base Salary: $110,000 Number of Open Jobs: 6,875 Companies Hiring: Glassdoor, America First Credit Union, Huntington National Bank, Smith Hanley Associates, Johns Hopkins University, Walmart eCommerce, Dicks Sporting Goods, AmeriHealth Caritas, Capital One, SpaceX Cities Hiring: Mill Valley, CA; Ogden, UT; Columbus, OH; Chicago, IL; Laurel, MD; Sunnyvale, CA; Laurel, MD; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Seattle , WA IT Manager Median Base Salary: $118,000 Number of Open Jobs: 2,718 Companies Hiring: Weebly, Amadeus IT Group, Florida Blue, Uptima Group, RedPeg Marketing, Spectrum, CyberCoders, Walgreens, Lands’ End, FedEx, Amazon Cities Hiring: Annapolis, MD; Jacksonville, FL; Santa Cruz, CA; Alexandria, VA; Bloomington, IN; Basking Ridge, NJ; Deerfield, IL; Maryland Heights, MO Creative Manager Median Base Salary: $112,000 Number of Open Jobs: 1,243 Companies Hiring: Bluewolf, Edelman Financial Services, Warner Bros. Entertainment Group, Clarus Commerce, FULLBEAUTY Brands, NFL, Saks Fifth Avenue, Aquent, BloomThat, Walt Disney Company Cities Hiring: Remote; Rocky Hills, CT; Burbank, CA; Boston, MA; San Francisco, CA; Fairfax, VA; New York, NY; Paramus, NJ Read more: The resume booster that only 30% of people use Google could help you find the perfect job Related Articles from clark.com: Home Read More Your calculator app has a secret feature that will change your life Read More These major retailers are closing more than 4,000 stores in 2017 Read More
  • Denver-based Frontier Airlines has just announced a massive expansion that includes 21 new cities and 85 new routes. According to a company news release, Frontier will offer its ultra-low fares to 90% of the U.S. population by next spring, saving consumers big money. Read more: Clark’s secret to finding the cheapest flights possible Frontier Airlines expansion: What you need to know “We are proud to announce the nationwide expansion of our unique brand of Low Fares Done Right which will empower millions more people to afford to fly,” said Barry Biffle, president and CEO for Frontier Airlines. “We project this will save our customers over a billion dollars annually on their flights. These new flights will allow us to serve even more of America and make flying a truly affordable option.” With this expansion, Frontier’s nonstop routes will nearly double by the summer of 2018 to 314, and total routes (including connections) will grow to more than 1,000. Significant growth is planned for winter travel to warm weather destinations like Tampa, Miami, Orlando and Cancun. We just announced our largest expansion ever! Learn about how we are giving more Americans access to our low fares: https://t.co/raBrCyl7wZ pic.twitter.com/y6C2VXUJQ4 — Frontier Airlines (@FlyFrontier) July 18, 2017 Tickets are currently on sale for some of the new routes, but many of them will begin next spring. Frontier provided this summary of the new service: Albuquerque: Denver Atlanta: San Juan, Islip Austin: Ontario, Phoenix, New Orleans, Raleigh/Durham, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Columbus, San Jose Boise: Denver Buffalo: Fort Myers, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Denver Calgary: Denver Charlotte: Austin, Islip, Providence Charleston: Denver Cedar Rapids: Orlando Cancun: Kansas City, Orlando Chicago-O’Hare: Islip, Ontario Cincinnati: Miami, Austin, Jacksonville, Raleigh/Durham, San Antonio, Seattle Columbus: Tampa, Austin Denver: Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, Ontario, Palm Springs, Reno, San Jose, Boise, Buffalo, Calgary, Charleston, El Paso, Fargo, Fresno, Grand Rapids, Jackson Hole, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Louisville, Pensacola, Spokane, Tulsa Detroit: Miami, Islip El Paso: Denver Fargo: Denver Fresno: Denver Fort Myers: Buffalo, Colorado Springs, Islip, Kansas City, Nashville, Providence Grand Rapids: Orlando, Denver Indianapolis: Tampa Islip: Fort Myers, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago–O’Hare, Detroit Jackson Hole: Denver Jacksonville: Denver, Cincinnati Kansas City: Cancun, Fort Myers, Tampa, Raleigh/Durham Knoxville: Orlando Las Vegas: Salt Lake City, San Jose Little Rock: Denver Louisville: Denver Miami: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Islip, Milwaukee, Providence, San Juan, Trenton Minneapolis: Tampa, Islip, Trenton Buffalo: Fort Myers, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Denver Milwaukee: Miami, Tampa Nashville: Fort Myers, Tampa New Orleans: Austin, Islip, Providence, San Antonio Oklahoma City: Denver, Orlando, San Diego Ontario: Austin, Denver, Chicago-O’Hare Orlando: Buffalo, Cancun, Cedar Rapids, Grand Rapids, Knoxville, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Tulsa Palm Springs: Denver Pensacola: Denver Phoenix: Austin, San Antonio Providence: Fort Myers, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa, Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham Raleigh/Durham: Austin, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Providence Reno: Denver St. Louis: Tampa Salt Lake City: Las Vegas San Antonio: New Orleans, Phoenix, San Diego, Cincinnati, Orlando, San Jose San Diego: San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Tulsa San Jose: Denver, Las Vegas, Austin, San Antonio San Juan: Atlanta, Miami Seattle: Cincinnati Spokane: Denver Tampa: Buffalo, Colorado Springs, Columbus, Indianapolis, Islip, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, Providence, St. Louis Trenton: Miami, Minneapolis Tulsa: Denver, Orlando, San Diego West Palm Beach: Islip How cheap is Frontier? It’s not uncommon for the airline to offer one-way fares from $49, $39, $29 and even $19, but you need to know that the extras will cost you. “Frontier is one of the cheapest airlines out there, and many times throughout the year they’ll have one-way fares for $20,” said Clark Deals editor Charis Brown. “But the key to keeping your costs low with Frontier is to travel light. Extras such as baggage and advance seat assignments can make your ticket more expensive.” Frontier says it’s offering $39 one-way tickets to celebrate its expansion. Search the latest fares here. 18 things you forget on your vacation packing list Related Articles from clark.com: Home Read More Your calculator app has a secret feature that will change your life Read More These major retailers are closing more than 4,000 stores in 2017 Read More
  • Your cell phone bill can easily cost $50 a month or more, so you’re right to expect to get reliable service for the price that you pay. With Americans spending hours a day talking, texting and surfing the web using their smartphones, many consumers say dropped calls and slow data speeds are just not acceptable. Read more: This is the #1 wireless network in America Cities with the best and worst mobile networks Although mobile performance is pretty strong nationwide, testing by RootMetrics found some metro areas perform much better than others. To determine the best and worst cities for mobile performance, RootMetrics looked at the major networks across the 125 most populated metro areas nationwide for the second half of 2016. The research firm then ranked the cities from highest to lowest across these categories: Overall performance Network reliability Network speed Data performance Call performance Text performance Contrary to what some people may believe, the largest cities in the United States — like New York City and Los Angeles — don’t always have better mobile performance than smaller cities. RootMetrics found the #1 overall city for mobile performance is Indianapolis, Indiana — the 32nd most populous metro area. How did your city compare? Here’s how the 125 cities ranked, based on overall performance: Indianapolis, IN Richmond, VA Cleveland, OH Columbus, OH Minneapolis, MN New Haven, CT Chattanooga, TN Chicago, IL Kansas City, MO Modesto, CA Corpus Christi, TX Stockton, CA Fort Myers, FL Sacramento, CA Des Moines, IA Detroit, MI Nashville, TN Houston, TX Buffalo, NY Lansing, MI Wichita, KS Syracuse, NY Atlanta, GA Fayetteville, NC Austin, TX Dallas, TX San Jose, CA Knoxville, TN Louisville, KY Tampa, FL Mission Viejo, CA Philadelphia, PA Cincinnati, OH Tulsa, OK Raleigh, NC Little Rock, AR Denton, TX Augusta, GA Providence, RI Washington, D.C. Spokane, WA Palm Bay, FL Fresno, CA Orlando, FL Bakersfield, CA Toledo, OH Milwaukee, WI Phoenix, AZ Los Angeles, CA Rochester, NY Baltimore, MD Greensboro, NC Oklahoma City, OK Las Vegas, NV Ann Arbor, MI Akron, OH Grand Rapids, MI Ogden, UT Rockford, IL Seattle, WA Dayton, OH Kissimmee, FL St. Louis, MO Youngstown, OH Honolulu, HI New York and the Tri-State Area, NY Provo, UT Oxnard, CA Fort Wayne, IN Albany, NY Port St. Lucie, FL Columbia, SC San Diego, CA Daytona Beach, FL Jacksonville, FL Mobile, AL Shreveport, LA Temecula, CA Salt Lake City, UT Memphis, TN Baton Rouge, LA Charlotte, NC El Paso, TX Jackson, MS Victor Valley, CA San Francisco, CA Boise, ID San Antonio, TX Miami, FL Sarasota, FL Hartford, CT Flint, MI Pensacola, FL Durham, NC Birmingham, AL Tucson, AZ Boston, MA New Orleans, LA Reno, NV Harrisburg, PA Winston-Salem, NC Madison, WI Allentown, PA Portland, OR Hampton Roads, VA Concord, CA Pittsburgh, PA McAllen, TX Antelope Valley, CA Albuquerque, NM Greenville, SC Colorado Springs, CO Indio, CA Denver, CO Riverside, CA Lancaster, PA Charleston, SC Scranton, PA Bridgeport and Stamford, CT Bonita Springs, FL Hudson Valley, NY Springfield, MA Santa Rosa, CA Worcester, MA Omaha, NE For a more detailed look at the rankings, RootMetrics has a tool on its website that lets you see how specific carriers — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint — perform in your metro area. Overall, RootMetrics described Verizon’s performance at the national level as “outstanding.” Read more: Best cell phone plans and deals for 2017 Common Cents: Saving 101 Related Articles from clark.com: Home Read More Your calculator app has a secret feature that will change your life Read More These major retailers are closing more than 4,000 stores in 2017 Read More

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  • Ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens kicking off in London this year, a big focus was not just what players would do on the field, but what would happen on the sidelines.  In recent days, President Trump has spoken out in person and on Twitter about athletes who kneel during the National Anthem. He has said the NFL should fire players who take part in this demonstration, and expanded the criticism to athletes in other sports as well.  VIDEO: President Trump speaks on athletes who kneel during National Anthem Kneeling during the National Anthem was first done by Colin Kaepernick, with the then-quarterback saying it was in protest of the treatment of black people by police. Since his first demonstration, more athletes have continually joined in, but there was a heightened attention heading in to today’s game, because of the President’s comments.  About a dozen athletes from each team took a knee during the National Anthem ahead of kickoff in London. Their arms were linked, as were those of the athletes, coaches, and staff who remained standing. Among those linked in arms along the sideline was Jaguars owner Shad Khan, who says his presence was very intentional  “It was a privilege to stand on the sidelines with the Jacksonville Jaguars today for the playing of the U.S. national anthem at Wembley Stadium. I met with our team captains prior to the game to express my support for them, all NFL players and the league following the divisive and contentious remarks made by President Trump, and was honored to be arm in arm with them, their teammates and our coaches during our anthem. Our team and the National Football League reflects our nation, with diversity coming in many forms – race, faith, our views and our goals. We have a lot of work to do, and we can do it, but the comments by the President make it harder. That’s why it was important for us, and personally for me, to show the world that even if we may differ at times, we can and should be united in the effort to become better as people and a nation,” says the full statement issued by the team on behalf of Khan.  The team also posted on social media with a photo of Khan and Head Coach Doug Marrone linked arms with players, with the caption saying only “Unity”.  Khan joins a growing list of team owners and organizations that are supporting the players and their demonstrations. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Twitter that they would aid a “Unity” spot called “Inside These Lines” during Sunday night’s game, and that “it reflects the unifying force of our great game, our players & clubs”. Head Coach Doug Marrone, in his post-game press conference, said there was a lot of coordination ahead of time among the entire organization, and that he stands behind Khan’s statement. “I’m just trying to make sure this team sticks together. It’s an unusual situation, one I’ve never- there’s no book that tells you how to do it. But I think the way we handled it- at least from my standpoint I can speak from a head coach- at least there was a lot of communication, there was a lot of talking, and at the end of the day our team is going to be closer together for it,” Marrone says. The Jaguars went on to win the game 44-7 over the Ravens. The NFL UK says the game was played in front of a record crowd. Neither the Jaguars nor the Ravens knelt during the playing of the British National Anthem.  The owner of the Ravens respects and supports the demonstration by the players “100 percent”, according to a statement issued by the team. The statement says “all voices need to be heard”, and “that’s democracy in its highest form”. President Trump tweeted and retweeted several times through Sunday about the demonstrations.
  • As rescue workers tirelessly searched and the world waited breathlessly for them to find a 12-year-old girl believed to be trapped under the rubble of a caved-in school toppled by the devastating earthquake in Mexico City, it became apparent that the little girl never existed, Mexican officials said. >> PHOTOS: Major earthquake strikes Mexico City According to the New York Post, the girl, called “Frida Sofia,” was a case of a story that ran wild in the frantic aftermath of the disaster. >> How you can help Mexico and people affected by the Mexico earthquake “We are certain that it was not an actuality,” Adm. Angel Enrique Sarmiento, assistant secretary of the Mexican navy, told local paper El Universal. “We don’t have any knowledge, we never had any knowledge of the account.” >> Frida, the hero rescue dog, saves 12 following Mexico earthquake In the face of unimaginable destruction and hundreds killed, the story took on a life of its own as a symbol of much-needed help. A report first surfaced Wednesday that a little girl had signaled to rescuers from under the rubble of the Enrique Rebsámen school. >> On Rare.us: A family is devastated after this baptism turned tragic during the Mexican earthquake From that report came a series of details that included the girl’s name and age, and even reports of communication with the girl. Rescuers said they managed to slide a hose to her for her to drink, and other workers told MSNBC that they handed the little girl a phone and that she reported two other children were trapped with her under a granite table. >> On Rare.us: Salma Hayek generously pledges $100,000 to Mexican earthquake victims However, no parents came to claim the girl, which led some to believe she was misidentified. And, then Thursday, Sarmiento announced that after 11 children had been rescued, and 19 other children, plus six adults found dead, there were no other children beneath the collapsed school. >> Read more trending news “We have carried out a full count with the directors of the school, and we are sure that all the children are either safe at home, in the hospital or, unfortunately, died,” Sarmiento said.
  • Many First Coast counties are hosting workshops to get  you one-on-one assistance in applying for FEMA assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Some of the counties will announce more workshop days in the future as well. If you do not need assistance in person, you can go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. Get help: How to register through FEMA DUVAL COUNTY Workshops Tuesday, September 19th: 8:00am to 6:00pm, at the Prime Osborne Convention Center on 1000 Water Street. Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, in partnership with Senator Marco Rubio, is holding insurance villages and disaster recovery centers. In addition to Senator Marco Rubio’s staff and those participating from the Department of Financial Services, the following companies, non-profit organizations, and federal and state agencies have confirmed:   • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  • American Red Cross  • Florida SBDC Network  • U.S. Small Business Administration  • Florida Departments of Children and Families and Economic Opportunity  • First Data Corporation  • Anheuser-Busch Companies  • CareerSource Florida  • ElderSource  • United Way of Florida  • The Salvation Army The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of a Business Recovery Centers (BRC) in Duval County, to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma.  SBA representatives at the Centers can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The Center will operate until further notice from 9AM to 6PM Monday through Saturday at Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 728 Blanche St, Bldg 2. A Mobile Registration Intake Center has been set up by Matthew’s Restaurant in San Marco. At an MRIC, you can inquire about the status of your application for individual assistance or register for individual assistance. This is difference from a Disaster Recovery Center, because it does not also feature other partner agencies, including non-profits, on site. There is no set time frame for how long the MRIC will be open. Saturday, September 16: Council Members Katrina Brown, Reggie Gaffney, & Reggie Brown are hosting Hurricane Disaster Relief Assistance from 10AM to 2PM at the Bradham-Brooks Library, 1755 Edgewood Avenue W. You will get assistance registering for FEMA benefits. You should have information available regarding your Social Security number, address of the damaged home or apartment, description of the damage, information about insurance coverage, telephone number, mailing address, and bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit. Saturday, September 16: Council Member Joyce Morgan, the Arlington 20/20 initiative, churches and other community partners will provide hurricane relief assistance from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Town and Country Shopping Center on University Boulevard at the Arlington Expressway. Relief supplies (water, ice, cleaning supplies, household items, etc.) will be available, along with volunteer assistance with yard cleanups and information about disaster recovery resources. CLAY COUNTYRecovery Center A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center is opening Sunday at 1:30PM, at the Clay County Fairgrounds, building 3- 2497 State Road 16, Green Cove Springs. This center is open from 8AM to 8PM every day beginning Monday, September 25th, offering you in person support and assistance for both individuals and businesses. That includes helping you register for federal disaster assistance, applying for Small Business Administration loans, giving you updates on your specific case, processing appeals, and connecting you with state program information. Workshops FEMA representatives will be available to assist Clay County residents from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the following dates/locations. You should bring information about your social security number, the name of your insurance company, description of damage, income and other financial information, and contact information. The Salvation Army will be providing meals on site.  -Saturday, Sept. 16, Orange Park Library, 2054 Plainfield Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073 -Sunday, Sept. 17, Keystone Heights City Hall, 555 S Lawrence Blvd, Keystone Heights, FL 32656 -Monday, Sept. 18, FEMA Team will be canvasing the area for additional impacted areas -Tuesday, Sept. 19, Fleming Island Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd, Orange Park, FL 32003 -Wednesday, Sept. 20 – FEMA Team will be canvasing the area for additional impacted areas -Thursday, Sept. 21, Supervisor of Elections Office, 500 N Orange Ave, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 Hurricane Irma  Resource Recovery Event Friday, September 22, 4-7PM at Middleburg Civic Association at 2102 Palmetto St, Middleburg. Representatives from the following agencies will attend: • FEMA - answer questions on the registration process • Clay County Board of County Commissioners • Clay County Building Department – Permitting and processes to get back in my home • Clay County Health Department – speaking on well testing, mold exposure, special needs • University of Florida’s IFAS – mosquito control, etc. • Clay Safety Net – Unmet needs • Northeast Florida Builders Association – working with licensed contractors, what to do with mold, etc. • Small Business Development Center – working with small businesses to recover ST. JOHNS COUNTY Recovery Center A Disaster Recovery Center will operate at the St. Johns Wind Mitigation Building at 3111 Agricultural Center Drive 8AM to 8PM seven days a week. The Center will be open for the immediate future. This will serve as a one-stop-shop for anyone seeking one-on-one help, including access to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, DEMA, the US Small Business Administration, and other state agencies. You can get more information from the Emergency Operations Center hotline at 904-824-5550. Workshops Monday, September 18th:  St. Johns County and Senator Marco Rubio are hosting a Disaster Recovery Center event for residents affected by Hurricane Irma from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the St. Johns County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View. Representatives from FEMA, insurance agencies, and other state, federal, and local entities will be available to answer questions and provide needed hurricane recovery assistance and information. For more information regarding Hurricane Irma recovery and response, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550. In addition to Senator Marco Rubio’s staff and those participating from the Department of Financial Services, the following companies, non-profit organizations, and federal and state agencies have confirmed:   • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  • American Red Cross  • Florida SBDC Network  • U.S. Small Business Administration  • Florida Departments of Children and Families and Economic Opportunity  • First Data Corporation  • Anheuser-Busch Companies  • CareerSource Florida  • ElderSource  • United Way of Florida  • The Salvation Army Baker County Workshops Florida Senator Bill Nelson’s staff will be in Baker County Wednesday 9/20 to help people register with FEMA. The event will take place from 2-4PM at the Baker County Administration Building, 55 North 3rd Street, Macclenny. Nassau County Resources Friday, September 22- Disaster Survival Assistance Teams will be arriving in Nassau County. The teams will be doing door-to-door canvassing of areas affected by Hurricane Irma, and Nassau County Emergency Management will post information on the specific areas as that is available. They will provide information directly to survivors on how to register for FEMA disaster aid and other things. These DSAT members will have identification. If you are not sure if the person who contacts you is a legitimate DSAT representative, you can call the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 904-225-5174.
  • WOKV will continue updating this list of cancellations, closures/openings, and resources for you in connection to Hurricane Irma as new information comes in. This list represents Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties. POST-STORM RESOURCES In Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties, if your home has suffered damage, you can apply for individual assistance. To register online, go to www.disasterassistance.gov. To register by phone, 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) Several resource and recovery centers are opening across the First Coast if you need help registering with FEMA. Locations can be found here. The U.S. Small Business Administration has added more counties to the disaster declaration in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma that began on Sept. 4, 2017. Eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Duval, Clay, and St. Johns. Eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Baker and Nassau counties. St. Johns County has opened four water distribution points: SJC Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 2175 Mizell Road (THIS ONE IS NOW CLOSED), the Solomon Calhoun Community Center at 1300 Duval Street, Flagler Estates Road and Water Office at 9850 Light Avenue, and Al Wilke Park at 6150 South Main Street (THIS ONE IS NOW CLOSED). They will be open daily 8am-7pm through Friday. Limit one case of water per car. The City of Jacksonville is distributing water from 10AM to 5PM while supplies last at Hobby Lobby, 14286 Beach Blvd; McDonalds, 5751 Beach Blvd; Edwaters College, 1853 Kings Road; and the Supervisor of Elections Office, 1 Imeson Park Blvd. The Prime Osborne Convention Center, 1000 Water Street, is opening its doors to help people seeking to cool off with some air conditioning and access to electricity and internet. You need to bring your own equipment. The Center will be open 3PM to 9PM Wednesday and 9AM to 9PM Thursday, September 14 through Sunday, September 17. St. Johns County has opened a post-impact shelter at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center at 1300 Duval Street (THIS SHELTER IS NOW CLOSED). This is for anyone who can’t return to his or her home. All other shelters are now closed. THESE SHELTERS ARE NOW CLOSED---In Nassau County, there is a shelter at The Journey Church at 95707 Amelia Concourse, Fernandina Beach. The facility has special needs capabilities and is pet friendly. A second shelter has also opened at the First Baptist Church in Hilliard. In Duval County, The Legends Center, 5054 Soutel Drive, remains open as a general population shelter, but is now closed as a special needs shelter (THIS SHELTER IS NOW CLOSED). Southside Baptist Church, 1936 Hendricks Avenue, is open as a general population shelter. THIS SHELTER IS NOW CLOSED---The Baker County Family Service Center by Keller Intermediate School, 420 8th Street in Macclenny, remains open as a general population shelter. Clay County has opened a post-storm shelter at First Baptist Church Middleburg, 2645 Blanding Blvd. FEMA has issued an Individual Assistance Declaration for St. Johns County in response to damage incurred due to Hurricane Irma. To apply for individual assistance, please visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800.621.3362. The Nassau County Emergency Operations Center is providing free water for residents to pick up at the Callahan Fairgrounds. St. Johns County is offering a limited number of free tarps for residents with homes affected by Hurricane Irma. Tarp sizes include 20’ x 30’ or 30’ x 40’ and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the St. Johns County Health and Human Services Building, 200 San Sebastian View. Please call 904.209.1250 in advance to request a tarp that can be picked up at the Health and Human Services Building during standard business hours. At Governor Scott’s direction, the Florida Highway Patrol continues to escort fuel resupply trucks so fuel is quickly delivered to communities across Florida. In an effort to best support the communities it serves, Sam’s Club has reopened all club locations in Florida and is temporarily waiving its membership requirements for the communities affected by Hurricane Irma at select club locations. In Jacksonville, that includes 300 Busch Drive, 10690 Beach Blvd, and 6373 Youngerman Circle. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued an emergency order to waive the fees to replace Florida concealed weapon licenses and security guard licenses that were lost or destroyed during the hurricane. The U.S. Department of Agriculture accepted a request to allow all students in 48 counties subject to a FEMA Major Disaster Declaration access to free school meals through the National School Lunch Program. These changes, in effect Sept. 18 – Oct. 20, will potentially impact over 3,000 schools and 2.5 million children. Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties are all covered. A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center is opening Sunday at 1:30PM, at the Clay County Fairgrounds, building 3- 2497 State Road 16, Green Cove Springs. This center is open from 8AM to 8PM every day beginning Monday, September 25th, offering you in person support and assistance for both individuals and businesses. That includes helping you register for federal disaster assistance, applying for Small Business Administration loans, giving you updates on your specific case, processing appeals, and connecting you with state program information. HOTLINES Individuals needing assistance with clean-up on their private property are encouraged to contact Crisis Cleanup at 1-800-451-1954. As they are able, reputable and vetted relief agencies may assist you and your neighbors cut fallen trees, remove drywall, insulation, flooring, furniture, appliances, tarp roofs, etc. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need. Attorney General Pam Bondi has opened up a Price Gouging Hotline: (866) 9-NO-SCAM. Florida Emergency Information Hotline for all state residents: 1-800-342-3557. The Department of Financial Services (DFS) has launched a Hurricane Irma insurance information hotline: 1-877-MY-FL-CFO. St. Johns County Emergency Management has opened a hotline for residents to call about county services, storm response, and events: (904) 824-5550. St. Johns County has also launched a Building Services Structural Hotline at (904) 827-6836. Clay County Call Center 904-284-7703 JTA Customer Service 5:30AM through 8:30PM 904.630.3100 or TTY 904.630.3191. Hotline for storm-related questions and problems in Jacksonville is 904-630-CITY In Nassau County, iIf you have any questions or concerns not addressed, please contact our Citizens Information Center at 1-904-548-0900. JEA Customer Care Consultants: 904.655.6000 or 800.683.5542- Consultants are able to give customers an idea of when a crew will be assigned to their area or circuit, according to JEA’s CEO, but it doesn’t guarantee when it will happen or when power will be restored. Consultants are also able to answer questions about why their power outage map shows you have power when you do not.   JEA and United Way- All counties: 2.1.1 or 904.632.0600- Customers without power are able to call this line seeking assistance, and JEA says they will work to try and transfer those to an agency that might be able to provide essential needs. Florida Blue, in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health, is offering emotional support to individuals and loved ones affected by Hurricane Irma. The companies are providing community access to specially trained behavioral health counselors via a 24-hour, toll-free help line: 800-843-6514. K-12 SCHOOLS Duval County Schools: Duval County Public Schools will be closed on Friday, September 8 through Friday, September 15. School offices, after-school activities, and extended day care will also be closed those days. They aim to reopen on Monday. High School football games that had to be rescheduled because of Irma will now take place at the following days and times: Paxon v Yulee, 9/18 at 6PM at Paxon; Fletcher v Atlantic Coast, 9/18 at 6PM at Fletcher; Wolfson v Fernandina, 9/18 at 7PM at Wolfson; Westside v Ponte Vedra, 9/18 at 6PM at Westside; Lee v Columbia, 9/19 at 6PM at Lee; Mandarin v Deland, 9/19 at 6PM at Mandarin; Sandalwood v Spruce Creek, 9/19 at 6PM at Sandalwood; Terry Parker v Bishop Kenny, 9/22 at 7PM at Bishop Kenny; Ed White v Nease, 10/6 at 7PM at Ed White; Ribault v Suwanee, 10/10 at 7PM at Suwanee; Eglewood v Middleburg, 10/17 at 7PM at Endlewood; Baldwin v Stanton, 10/30 at 6PM at Baldwin. The Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine has announced all Diocesan schools will be closed Friday 9/8 through Wednesday 9/13. The only schools that will not open Sept. 14 are Blessed Trinity, Cathedral Parish School and Early Learning Center, Christ the King, Morning Star and Morning Star High School, San Jose and San Juan del Rio. The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida's Child Development Center at 318 N. Ocean St. will be closed on Friday, September 8, and Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12. The center will remain closed for all dates that Duval County schools are closed. The Jericho School for Children with Autism will be closed on Friday, September 8 through Wednesday, September 13. School resumes Thursday, September 14. Beaches Episcopal School cancels all after school activities Thursday. School will be closed Friday, September 8 through Wednesday, September 13. Classes will resume Thursday.  The first hurricane make-up day will be Thursday, November 9th, which was initially a Teacher Planning Day.  Jacksonville Country Day School will be closed on Friday, September 8, through Wednesday, September 13.  Extended Care and all after school activities, including Sharks basketball games, are also canceled on those days. They are reopening Thursday, September 14th. The Bolles School is closed through Wednesday. It will reopen Thursday. Bishop Kenny High School resumes classes Thursday. Arlington Community Academy Elementary is closed through Wednesday, September 13th. They are opening Thursday. Clay County Schools: All Clay schools will be closed Friday, September 8, through Friday, September 15th. School administrators are asked to report to their schools to assess damage on Thursday, September 14th. Transportation mechanics will report to the Middleburg compound on Thursday. Maintenance Staff will report to Operations on Thursday. Cafeteria Managers will report to their schools on Friday, September 15th. School board meeting on September 7 was canceled. The board plans to hold two meetings to make up for the cancellation, one on the 18th and one on the 26th. High School football makeup games: Clay High v Orange Park High, Oct 6th at 7PM at Orange Park High; Fleming Island High v Bucholz High, Sept 18th at 7PM at Fleming Island High; Middleburg High v Englewood High, Oct 17 at 7PM at Englewood High; Oakleaf High v Bartram Trail High, Oct 6 at 7PM at Bartram Trail High School; Orange Park High v Clay High, Oct 6 at 7PM at Orange Park High; Ridgeview High v Palatka High, Sept 18 at 7PM at Palatka High. Keystone Heights High v Umatilla High has been canceled. Nassau County Schools: All public schools and district offices in the district will be closed Friday, September 8 through Thursday, September, 14th. 12-month employees should report to work Thursday, September 14th, if possible. Classes will resume Friday. St. Johns County Schools: All schools will be closed Friday, Stepember 8, through Friday, September,15th. Schools will reopen Monday. All extracurricular and interscholastic activities have been canceled starting Friday, September 8th.  All St. Johns County after-school programs held at the Ketterlinus Gym and the W. E. Harris Community Center will resume on Monday, September 18 to coincide with schools reopening Baker County Schools: Baker County Public Schools are closed Friday, September 8, through Monday, September 18. Classes will resume Tuesday. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Jacksonville University will be closed Friday, September 8, through Friday, September 15. Normal activities resume Monday, September 18th. FSCJ will be closed from Friday, September 8, and remain closed through Sunday the 17th. Classes are set to resume Monday, September, 18, at regularly scheduled times. The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind has canceled classes Thursday September 7 through the weekend. Classes will resume on Monday, September 18th.  Florida Coastal School of Law will resume classes Monday, Septemeber 18.  University of North Florida classes, including online classes, have been canceled from Friday, September 8, through Wednesday, September 13th. Class at the University of North Florida will resume on Thursday, Sept. 14. Offices will reopen , Wednesday, Sept. 13,  Edward Waters College will close Friday, September 8 and reopen Wednesday, September 13. Any classes, activities, or events that are scheduled to be held on campus between Sept. 8 and Sept. 12 have been cancelled.  The Edward Waters College Football Game Saturday, September 16th has been moved to University Christian School at 5520 University Blvd. It will take place at 4:30PM agaisnt Cumberland. St. Johns River State College campuses will be closed Friday, September 8. The College and classes will resume Monday, September 18. Flagler College closed Friday, September 8. Residence halls was opening Sunday, September 16th, and classes are resuming Monday, September 18th. TRANSPORTATION The County Road 218 Bridge east of Blanding in Clay County is closed for emergency repairs. The Roscoe Boulevard Bridge in St. Johns County is closed for emergency repairs. The Heckscher Drive Bridge at Browns Creek has reopened following emergency repairs. All of Duval County’s major bridges are now open, including Jacksonville’s Intracoastal bridges- Wonderwood, Beach, Atlantic, and JTB- the Acosta, Main Street, Dames Point, Hart, Mathews, and the Buckman Bridge have reopened, but you still need to drive with caution. The Black Creek Bridge on 218 in Clay County is back open. All St. Johns County bridges have reopened as of 11 am, Tuesday, September 12. Everyone is asked to be cautious of standing water hazards and debris obstructions. The Jacksonville International Airport ended operations Saturday 9/9 at 7pm. The airport reopened Tuesday. Flight ops are expected to gradually ramp up, and you should contact your airline for the most up-to-date flight information The Skyway will close at 9 p.m. on Friday, September 8 and reopen Wednesday, September 13th. The St. Johns River Ferry is scheduled to close after normal service on Thursday, September 7th, to relocate the boat inland. Service is resuming Thursday, September 14th. All JTA Bus Routes are back in service as of Wednesday, September 13. There may still be some detours. St. Johns County Council on Aging (COA) will resume normal paratransit tomorrow, September 14th. COA Sunshine Bus Service will resume today, Wednesday, September 13th beginning with the regularly scheduled afternoon runs on the following lines: Red, Blue, Purple, Orange, Green, Teal and Connector. Full hours of service on the above listed lines will resume Thursday, September 14th. The Hastings Circular will not run until the roads are deemed safe for travel. All construction work by the Florida Department of Transportation has been suspended temporarily because of the storm. Northeast Florida Regional Airport closed at 6PM Saturday. The airport opened to fixed wing aircraft Tuesday, September 12th. It’s also open and operational for helicopter traffic. Cargo operations at JAXPORT owned terminals ended at 11:59PM Friday. The Port of Jacksonville in its entirety- including private terminals- closed Saturday at 8PM. JAXPORT terminals and gates are now open, and the Coast Guard has cleared the entire Port of Jacksonville. GOVERNMENT All State of Florida offices will be closed on Friday, September 8. FDLE offices in Nassau and St. Johns are closed Wednesday, September 13. The Nassau County office remains closed Thursday, September 14th. All City of Jacksonville offices will be closed Friday, Monday, and Tuesday. Non-essential city services are also called off for those days.City services resume as normal Wednesday. All Jacksonville Public Library branches resume operations on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Overdue fines will be waived for items due when the library is closed. All St. Johns County library branches are open and available for residents and visitors to enjoy air conditioning, outlets to charge phones and devices, and other media services. The Clay County Animal Shelter evacuated because of Black Creek flooding. It will remain closed until further notice. If you need Animal Control assistance, call 904-269-6342 or email animalcontrol@claycountygov.com. The Florida Department of Corrections is canceling weekend visitation at all institutions for Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10. All Duval County Tax Collector branch locations will close at noon on Thursday, September 7th. They reopened with limited staffing Wednesday, September 13th. All administrative offices in St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach will be closed Tuesday, September 12. St. Johns County Administration Offices resume standard operations Thursday. The City of St. Augustine will open as power is restored. All administration offices, libraries, pet center, and recreational facilities will be open for standard business hours. The Duval County Clerk of Courts closed on Friday, September 8. The Chief Judge has ordered the Courthouse remain closed the rest of the week, as well as the Clerk’s Office. Regular hours should resume Monday, September 18th. The Fourth Circuit State Attorney’s Office is reopening Thursday, September 14th. Nassau County courts are closed through Thursday, September 14th. All perspective jurors who received summons to report to the Robert M. Foster Justice Center on Friday September 15, 2017 are excused and should not report. The summons will not be reissued.  Baker County courts closed through Tuesday, September 13th, and reopened Wednesday, September 13th. St. Johns County Courts closed Friday September 8th, and reopen Thursday, September 14th. The Clay County Courthouse and all Clerk of the Circuit Court branch offices in Clay County closed on Friday, September 8th. Court dates and services originally scheduled for these dates are impacted and have been rescheduled. Courts plan to reopen Thursday, September 14th. The United States Bankruptcy Court Jacksonville Division will be closed on Friday, September 8 and Monday, September 11, 2017. Naval Station Mayport is open to unrestricted traffic as of noon Wednesday, through the main gate. The Emergency Assistance Center is open at the base Fleet and Family Support Center (Bldg 1). You can also contact the Fleet and Family Support Center at 270-6600. The off base commissary and Navy Exchange are open at their normal hours. NAS Jax is opening for normal working hours Wednesday, September 13th. Members of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Regional Call Center (RCC) are headed to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Sept. 8, to relocate operations before Hurricane Irma reaches the Jacksonville, Florida area. NAS Jacksonville is telling personnel to shelter in place from 7PM Sunday through noon Monday. PARKS AND BEACHES Clay County is closing all boat ramps until Monday, September 18. The Jacksonville Zoo will open Thursday, September 14th. The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is opening Thursday, September 14th. The Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine is closed from Thursday, September 7, until further notice. Fort Matanzas in St. Augustine is closed from Thursday, September 7, until further notice. The Jacksonville Beach Golf Course will reopen Thursday, September 14th. The driving range remains closed. The large dog park at Paws Dog Park in Jax Beach has reopened. The small dog park previously reopened. Due to significant damage, erosion, and debris, as a result of Hurricane Irma, St. Johns County is urging all residents and visitors to avoid the beach, beach access points, and walkovers until further notice. Swimming in the ocean is also discouraged due to high surf, rip currents, and debris The following St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Facilities are closed pending inspections due to Hurricane Irma: Alpine Groves Park, Shands Pier, Riverdale Picnic Area, Bird Island Park, Canopy Park, Vail Park, Palmo Dock, Collier-Blocker-Puryear Park, Solomon Calhoun Center, Ketterlinus Gym, St. John's County Ocean and Fishing Pier, Nease Beachfront Park Jacksonville’s beaches are open, but you’re urged to use extreme caution and not go in the water at this time because of rough conditions and debris. The St. Johns Golf Club will reopen Friday, September 15th. The Slammer & Squire at World Golf Village is closed until further notice. The Solomon Calhoun Community Center and pool will remain closed through Wednesday, September 20 as it remains a post-impact shelter for residents affected by Hurricane Irma. The main parking garage in St. Augustine open Thursday, September 14th. $12/day fees will apply. The following Florida Park Service state parks remain closed- St. Johns County: Faver-Dykes State Park EVENTS The Ponte Vedra Auto Show has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 24 and will take place at the Nocatee Town Center. It was originally planned for September 10. The Riverside Arts Market on September 9th has been canceled. The market is anticipated to return to normal operations on September 16.  The Bryan Adams show at Daily's Place on Saturday, Sept. 9 has been postponed. Sing Out Loud Festival dates have been canceled on September 8th, September 9th, and September 10th. The Sing Out Loud festival scheduled for September 15 through 17 will continue as planned this weekend with minimal stage relocations or show cancellations. Please see the updated schedule below for concert venue details. For more information regarding the Sing Out Loud festival, please visit www.singoutloudfestival.com. The Adam Ant: Anthems Tour at the Florida Theatre on Sunday, September 10 has been postponed. Florida Theatre shows scheduled for Saturday September 23rd and beyond will continue as planned. Events scheduled in Jacksonville Beach this weekend of 9/9 have been canceled, including BRUVAL, Chemo Noir 1K Run, and the Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run. The Jax Armada is canceling the match on Saturday, September 9th. It's being rescheduled for September 27. St.Augustine Amphitheatre is canceling the Modest Mouse concert set for Thursday, September 7. The Blackberry Smoke concert on Friday, September 8, has been postponed. This Friday-Sunday,  9/15-17, Widespread Panic concerts at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will proceed as originally scheduled. The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp will not host any playoff games. Playoff tickets already purchased can be refunded. The FSCJ Artist Series kickoff event for Wednesday, September 13, has been canceled. Thursday September 7 night concerts at The Landing has been postponed. The Jacksonville Humane Society’s Toast to the Animals has been canceled. The International Coastal Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16, is cancelled. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office Zone 4 (Middleburg/Clay Hill) SheriffsNET Meeting for 9/14 has been canceled. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and to help affected Creators, One Spark and Bold Events are postponing the One Spark 2017 Innovation Festival until the spring of 2018. This year’s event has been rescheduled to take place on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, at EverBank Field, with a kickoff concert to be hosted by Bold Events at the new Daily’s Place amphitheater on Thursday, April 5. The St. Augustine Amphitheater has canceled the September 8 Blackberry Smoke and Chris Robinson Brotherhood concert event. Refunds will be granted at point of purchase. BUSINESSES All First Coast YMCA’s are now open, YMCA Afterschool prorams will resume when schools reopen, but some locations are offering camp: Duval County 9/14-15, duPont YMCA Youth Development Campus; in Clay County 9/13-15, Barco-Newton Family YMCA and Dye Clay Family YMCA; in Nassau County 9/14, Callahan Center and Yulee Kids Campus; in St. Johns County 9/14-15, Ponte Vedra YMCA. All SMG Jacksonville Box Offices & Administrative Offices are closed. They will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 13. All Florida Blue Centers in Jacksonville- Town Center, River City Marketplace, and Winston YMCA will be closed on Saturday, September 9. MOCA Jacksonville and NOLA MOCA will close at 9pm Thursday, September 7 and will remain closed until further notice. Jacksonville Symphony administrative and ticket office in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts closed 2pm today, Thursday, Sept. 7th. The office opened Wednesday, September 13.  All VyStar Credit Union branch locations, call center, and operations will be closed Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday. The Jacksonville Humane Society is closing 1PM Saturday through Monday. They are reopening Thursday, September 14. JIA USO closed 11:00 AM Thursday, September 7.  NAS USO close at 5:00 PM Thursday, September 7, and Mayport USO closed at 9:00 PM Thursday, September 7. They opened Tuesday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 13. SAPA Extrusions is closing their plant in St. Augustine Friday at 3pm. Jax Federal Credit Union branches will be closed Saturday, September 9 through Tuesday, September 12. All Clay Electric district offices will be closed to the public Monday, Sept. 11 and Tuesday, Sept. 12 so personnel can focus on restoration efforts after Hurricane Irma. Northrop Grumman employees impacted by Hurricane Irma who need assistance or information can call 1-800-995-4318, or continue to visit www.northropgrumman.com/emergency for updates. The Northrop Grumman site in St. Augustine is closed on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL OFFICES Both Baptist Beaches and Nassau Medical Center ERs and hospitals have reopened after they were evacuated because of the storm. Both will resume full operations by Wednesday, September 13th, at 8AM. St. Vincent's Riverside facility transferred their most clinically appropriate patients to St. Vincent's Southside and St. Vincent's Clay County on September 11, due to flooding in the area. Alignment Healthcare at 3520 St. Johns Bluff, which serves Florida Blue Preferred HMO Medicare members, will reopen tomorrow, Sept. 14. The location at 5500 Blanding Road will be closed the remainder of this week due to flooding and anticipates reopening next week. All patient appointments are being rescheduled or relocated to the St. Johns Bluff location. UF Health Jacksonville remains open. They have sent medical staff to shelters to help as needed. PRE-STORM EVACUATIONS ALL CURFEWS IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA HAVE NOW BEEN LIFTED Jacksonville’s Mayor has issued a mandatory evacuation for anyone living in Zone A or Zone B evacuate. The mandatory evacuation has also been extended for people living in mobile homes, or in low-lying areas. Nassau County has issued mandatory evacuations for anyone in Zones A,C, or F, with the order going into effect Friday, September 8, at 6 PM. St. Johns County has mandatory evacuations for anyone in Zones A and B, which includes St. Augustine and Hastings. Clay County has a mandatory evacuation for Zones A, B, and C as well as low lying, modular, or vulnerable homes for Saturday at 6AM. Baker County has issued a mandatory evacuation of all residents of Steel Bridge Road- east of the collection site, all residents of Webb Haven Road, Persimmon and Ash Road in the Turkey Creek II neighborhood, Myrtle, Camphor, Chestnut, and Gum Roads, all residents on the west side of Aspen Road, all residents on Lil Dixie Trail, all residents on River Oak Circle, all residents on River Oak Drive, all residents on Confederate Drive East, all residents of Cedar Creek Farms Road. You’re also encourages to seek shelter if you’re in a mobile home or compromised shelter. The Florida Department of Corrections has evacuated Bridges of Jacksonville. Tolls have been lifted across the state to aid in evacuations. PRE-STORM RESOURCES The City of Jacksonville has opened 12 shelters. Find locations HERE. Baker County opened two shelters, one for the general population and one for special needs. More details HERE. Clay County has announced the opening of four shelters. Find locations HERE. St. Johns County is opening five shelters on Saturday morning at 6 AM. Info posted HERE. Nassau County is open five shelters, starting 6 PM Friday. More info HERE. City Rescue Mission currently provides shelter for 250 people. They are providing accommodations for 100 additional people at City Rescue Mission's New Life Inn, 234 W. State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, Friday at noon. The Salvation Army’s Towers Center of Hope at 900 W. Adams Street in downtown Jacksonville will open its shelter to the homeless. The shelter will open as weather dictates and will remain open as long as needed. JTA has three designated locations for anyone evacuating from the beaches who doesn’t have transportation: Fletcher High School, Mayport Middle School, and Jacksonville Beach Elementary School.  Florida Governor Rick Scott has ordered all K-12 public schools, state colleges, state universities, and state offices to be closed Friday through Monday so the facilities can be used for sheltering and emergency management operations. Nassau County Emergency Management says the Town of Callahan is out of fuel and all gas station will be closed until Tuesday. Airbnb activated its Disaster Response Program to aid Floridians forced to evacuate from their homes in connection to Hurricane Irma as well as relief workers arriving to provide assistance.   Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Eastern on September 9 and running through midnight on September 11, Verizon is giving postpaid customers talk, text and data relief while prepaid customers receive an extra 3 GB for talk, text and data. Through the storm period for our area, St. Vincent's HealthCare is offering FREE 24-hour non-emergency virtual care via video chat through our new service called St. Vincent's On Demand.  Because of how the St. Vincent's On Demand system is set up, patients will need to pay the $49.99 fee up front, but their credit cards will be refunded 2 - 3 days after the visit if it's within the storm period. As Hurricane Irma continues to make its way north we’re automatically issuing credits and waiving additional fees to give unlimited data, talk and texts to AT&T wireless customers and unlimited talk and texts to AT&T PREPAID customers across all of Florida, through at least Sept. 17.
  • Another Disaster Recovery Center is standing up on the First Coast.  Soon after Irma moved through our area, a DRC opened in St. Johns County. Since there, there have been several disaster recovery and relief events taking place, but now seven-day-a-week help has been established in Clay County. FULL LIST: Disaster relief and recovery events and centers in Northeast Florida  A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center opened Sunday around 1:30PM and will operate through 8PM. Normal operating hours begin Monday, September 25th of 8AM through 8PM seven days a week. The DRC is at the Clay County Fairgrounds, building 3- 2497 State Road 16, Green Cove Springs. This center offers you in person support and assistance for both individuals and businesses. That includes helping you register for federal disaster assistance, applying for Small Business Administration loans, giving you updates on your specific case, processing appeals, and connecting you with state program information.  The DRC was initially going to open Monday, but Clay County Emergency Management tells WOKV the DRC arrived early, so they decided to get started sooner than expected. There are four other DRC’s open in Florida- the on at the Wind Mitigation Building in St. Augustine, as well as locations in Boynton Beach, Riverview, and Ft. Myers. The Small Business Administration also opened a Business Recovery Center in Jacksonville, at the Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 728 Blanche Street, building 2.  You can also register directly for federal assistance on your own. All First Coast counties are eligible for individual assistance, under the federal disaster declaration.

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