Federal Support for Hurricane Ian Surpasses $2.35 Billion; Disaster recovery centers reopen
WASHINGTON — More than $2.35 billion in federal grants, disaster loans and flood insurance payments have been provided to the state of Florida and households to help survivors jump-start their recovery after Hurricane Ian.
FEMA provided $730 million to households and $322 million to the state for emergency response, while the US Small Business Administration provided $794 million in disaster loans and the National Flood Insurance Program paid $509 million in claims. Disaster recovery centers in 21 counties reopened today after being temporarily closed.
How FEMA Helps Floridians
- FEMA has made individual assistance available to 26 Florida counties. Residents of Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole , St. Johns and Volusia counties are eligible to request individual assistance.
- FEMA meets with survivors where they are to help jump-start their recovery. Disaster Survivor Assistance Specialists are going door to door in Florida neighborhoods helping people register for help. These teams interacted with more than 102,000 survivors in counties designated for individual assistance.
- Disaster recovery centers have reopened in Brevard, Charlotte, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee (3), Manatee, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns and Volusia counties .
- FEMA is providing transitional housing assistance in 26 counties to eligible survivors for temporary hotel stays. To date, the program provides housing for 2,580 households with 6,455 members.
- Hundreds of FEMA inspectors have performed on 207,000 home inspections for survivors who have applied for federal disaster assistance.
- FEMA is providing temporary housing for eligible Hurricane Ian survivors in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee and Sarasota counties. FEMA approved Direct Temporary Housing Assistance to provide options for those whose homes are uninhabitable due to the hurricane. FEMA has determined that housing assistance is insufficient to meet housing needs in these counties due to a lack of available housing resources. FEMA will notify eligible applicants for Direct Housing. It will take time to transport, license, install and inspect these units before they are available. Direct temporary housing assistance can be provided for up to 18 months from September 29, 2022, the date of the federal disaster declaration, until March 28, 2024.
- The United States Small Business Administration approved $794 million low interest disaster loans owners, tenants and contractors. Disaster recovery centers are located in Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee and Seminole counties.
- As of November 13, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has received more than 44,100 flood insurance claims and paid more than $509 million to policyholders.
- NFIP policyholders can receive up to $1,000 to reimburse the purchase of supplies such as sandbags, plastic sheeting and firewood. They can also receive up to $1,000 in storage costs if they move insured property. Policyholders must file a claim to avoid flood losses, whether or not they were successful in preventing flood damage.
- FEMA is hiring locals for more than 300 jobs in Brandon, Fort Myers, Kissimmee, Orlando and Sarasota. These positions are full-time 120-day appointments that can be extended based on operational needs. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online through USAJobs.gov.
- Disaster unemployment assistance is available for eligible survivors. Floridians can file a claim for lost income caused by Hurricane Ian by going to Disaster Unemployment Assistance – FloridaJobs.org and selecting “Apply for Hurricane Ian DUA”, visiting a local CareerSource Career Center or calling 800 -385-3920. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET.
- Low-income Florida residents recovering from Hurricane Ian may be eligible for assistance from the Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). Survivors can find more information about Florida’s D-SNAP program by visiting the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Hurricane Ian Response & Recovery website.
- Operation Blue Roof installed 20,158 roofs in Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Lee and Sarasota counties.
- Policyholders of Florida’s National Flood Insurance Program who suffered damage from the hurricane have 90 days to renew their policy. The extension applies to policies with renewal dates beginning August 25, 2022 through October 23, 2022. Policyholders with renewal dates within this range should contact their agent or insurance company. FEMA also extended the proof-of-loss requirement from 60 to 365 days for Florida flood insurance policyholders who suffered damage from Hurricane Ian. For more information on how to file a flood insurance claim, visit How to Start Your Flood Insurance Claim.
- If you or someone in your household uses adaptive or accessibility items that were damaged by Hurricane Ian, you may be eligible for FEMA assistance for those items. For homeowners, elements may include an exterior ramp, grab bars, and a paved path leading to the entry of the house from a vehicle. Rewards do not count towards your housing assistance or maximum personal property rewards. For more information for landlords and renters, see Updated Individual Assistance Program and FEMA Policy Guide.