Michael Faulkner, Director
499 NW 5th Ave.  Okeechobee, FL  34972
Phone: (863) 763-3212     Fax: (863) 763-1569
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Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus Information

As a direct result of the recent rain events associated with Tropical Storm Fay, Okeechobee County is experiencing an unparalleled mosquito infestation.  This infestation has hampered response / recovery efforts and presents risks to persons and animals exposed to the mosquitoes.

In response the Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners authorized an aerial spraying program which commenced Friday evening August 29, 2008.  The County contracted with Clarke Mosquito Control for these spraying services, via an Agreement between Clarke and the Florida Department of Agriculture. 

In determining the most effective aerial application strategy the County utilized technical support from Florida Department of Agriculture. The Department of Agriculture set mosquito traps throughout the County that revealed capture rates exponentially greater than the normal rates usually associated with Okeechobee County this time of year.  One report indicated a trap count of 49,000 individual during the test period, and a landing rate of greater than 200 mosquitoes per minute. 

This information combined with population centers and previous aerial spray projects in Okeechobee County formed the basis the spray plan that is now being implemented

It is recommended that mosquito repellant be used during any outdoor activity.  It is important to monitor pets and livestock for stress related to mosquitoes.

Report any incidence of distressed animals affected by this infestation to the EOC at (863) 763-3212.

FEMA Mosquito recovery policy


Tropical Storm Fay

FEMA Declaration for Individual Assistance for Okeechobee

The amended presidential disaster declaration of Aug. 26 for Individual Assistance (IA) designates Brevard, Hendry, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Volusia counties. As a result, more homeowners, renters and businesses can receive assistance to help recover from the effects of Tropical Storm Fay. 

People who suffered storm-related losses in these designated counties can apply online at www.fema.gov or call toll-free 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for those who are hearing- or speech-impaired. FEMA operators are available 7 a.m. to midnight local time seven days a week until further notice.

The FEMA Individual Assistance program can help eligible applicants with temporary housing assistance, uninsured personal property and medical, dental, and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, and other serious unmet needs. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes in the designated counties.

The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is fully operational and open for business.  It is located in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church next to the old Courthouse on 2nd Ave and 2nd Street NW.  The physical address is 200 NW 2nd Ave.  Finding a suitable site to house operations was difficult, and we appreciate the gracious assistance of the First United Methodist Church.

How to apply for FEMA assistance

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. 

Tropical Storm Fay

FEMA Declaration for Public Assistance for Okeechobee

Public assistance is funding released to government agencies to repair roads, public buildings, infrastructure, etc.


What to do after the storm

Guidance from the Health Department on a broad variety of topics


 these business partners for their donations and support during Tropical Storm Fay

Business Address Contact Assistance
Pier II Resort 2200 Hwy 441 SE Don Lodging
Publix Supermarket 3551 Hwy 441 S Kevin Food
The Landing Strip 2800 NW 20th Trail   Food
Skip's Bar-B-Que 104 SE 6th Street   Food
Lamb of God Recovery 1012 S. Parrott Ave Tim Labor
Home Depot 2700 Hwy 441 S Melanie Tarps, wood and screws
W&W Lumber 1601 Hwy 70 E Craig Tarps
Burger King 604 NE Park St   Food
Los Cocos 107 NW 6th Ave Yolanda Food
Beef O'Brady's 608 S Parrott Ave Bruce Food
Domino's Pizza 1700-B S. Parrott Ave Paul Food

NOAA Weather Radios

Okeechobee receives strong signals from 2 of the 7 NOAA Weather Radio channels.

162.400 - Belle Glade

162.425 - Ft. Pierce

Please try these two frequencies and follow whichever provides the strongest, clearest signal at your location.



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