USACE announces start of Blue Roof Program in response to Hurricane Ian
Florida - Tuesday October 4, 2022: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been tasked by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist eligible homeowners with temporary roof repairs through Operation Blue Roof.
Operation Blue Roof is a free service to homeowners that provides a temporary blue covering with fiber-reinforced sheeting to help reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made.
The counties that have been identified as eligible for the program are Charlotte and Lee. The initial sign up period is set for 21 days and will end on Oct. 23.
Residents impacted by Hurricane Ian can sign up at Blueroof.us. There you can sign up for Blue Roof assistance using a Right of Entry (ROE) form, which gathers information about your residence. The ROE is a legal document that allows Corps workers to access your property and assess your home's damage. The ROE also allows contracted crews to work on your roof.
Residents can also call toll free 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258) for more information.
The program began officially on Monday, October 3. Not all roof types qualify for the program.
* Vacation rental properties are not eligible for this program.
* Roofs that are flat or made of metal or clay, slate, or asbestos tile do not qualify.
* All storm debris must be removed for the roof to qualify.
* After the blue roof is installed, the structure is declared habitable. 4
Operation Blue Roof is a priority mission managed by the U.S. Army Corps Engineers. It protects property, reduces temporary housing costs, and allows residents to remain in their homes while recovering from the storm. This program is for primary residences or a permanently occupied rental property with less than 50 percent structural damage.