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Posted on: September 30, 2022

City building officials on front line of damage assessment

Assessment Team

September 30, 2022

Suggestions for residents in the recovery process

The St. Augustine Planning and Building Department is conducting door-to-door assessments to catalogue property damage to homes and businesses as a necessary first step in securing state and federal disaster relief funds in the wake of Hurricane Ian.

This initial assessment and inventory are also necessary for individual property owners to determine their eligibility for FEMA disaster relief funding now and in the future.

Teams of volunteers, directed by city employees, are currently going through each city neighborhood and business district and will be in the field until this critical task is completed. 

The assessment is not an inspection of structures, but rather an overview of the extent of damage and to identify the location of visibly damaged structures.

As the city continues with the process, it is important for property owners to take action as soon as possible.  Here are five first steps:

  1. Call your insurance provider immediately regarding homeowners and flood policies and auto policies if vehicles were damaged.
  2. Visit the FEMA Website ( for general information on services and assistance or call FEMA at 800.621.3362 (711 or Video Relay Service. If you use TTY, call 800.462.7585).
  3. Determine what kind of assistance you may need at
  4. Learn about insurance and finance services and post-storm fraud warnings from the Florida Dept. of Financial Services, Division of Consumer Services by calling 877.693.5236 or visiting
  5. Learn how to watch for and protect yourself from price-gouging by visiting the Florida Attorney General’s web site (

For questions about the building assessment process contact Richard “Buddy” Schauland at 904.209.4327 or send an email to with the subject “Hurricane Ian Assessment.” 

Visit the Hurricane Ian webpage for additional information and recovery resources.  

For a printable version of the flyer below, click here.

Hurricane Ian Post Storm Flyer

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