DATE: September 25, 2017
NAME: Ric Barrick
Office of Public Communications
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - An application center has been set up in Fort Lauderdale for Broward County residents and businesses to apply for free blue tarps to protect exposed areas of homes and buildings from the elements following Hurricane Irma. It is located at a Walmart Supercenter, 2500 W. Broward Blvd, and is open from 8AM to 6PM. The tarps are part of a federal initiative, Operation Blue Roof, that is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Operation Blue Roof provides a temporary covering of blue plastic sheeting to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. The blue plastic sheeting is installed using strips of wood that are secured to the roof with nails or screws.
Homeowners must sign a Right of Entry (ROE) form to allow federal government employees and contractors onto their property to assess damage and install the temporary covering.
Only primary residences with standard shingled roofs are eligible. 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 for this program.
For rental properties, legal permission for a blue roof to be installed must be obtained from the property owner. Renters must also obtain legal permission from their landlord to continue occupying the residence until more permanent repairs are made.