WASHINGTON — More than $1.88 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 $714 million to households and $322 million to the state for emergency response, while the US Small Business Administration provided $533 million in disaster loans and the National Flood Insurance Program paid $313 million in claims.
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 almost 87,000 survivors in counties designated for individual assistance.
- Survivors can visit one of 23 Disaster Recovery Centers operating in Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee (2 locations), Manatee, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns and Volusia counties. Other centers are planned. Interpretation services and translated materials are available at these centers to help survivors communicate in the language in which they feel most comfortable. Disaster recovery center locations are chosen for their accessibility, with the aim of reaching as many people as possible. As centers are added, real-time locations will be updated to FloridaDisaster.oug.
- FEMA has expanded transitional housing assistance to seven more counties, for a total of 26 counties eligible for temporary hotel stays for survivors who cannot stay home due to storm damage . To date, the program provides housing for 2,447 households with 6,128 members.
- Hundreds of FEMA inspectors have performed on 187,923 home inspections for survivors who have applied for federal disaster assistance.
- FEMA will provide 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 $533 million low interest disaster loans owners, tenants and contractors. Disaster recovery centers are located in Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee and Seminole counties.
- As of Nov. 1, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has received more than 43,000 flood insurance claims and paid more than $313 million to policyholders, including $163 million in payouts. anticipated.
- 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 via USAJobs.gov. Click on here to find out how to apply.
- 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 by 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 and Recovery website.
- Operation Blue Roof installed 18,569 roofs. This is a free service provided to homeowners and currently operates in Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Lee and Sarasota counties. Final blue roof installations are expected to be completed by November 5, 2022.
- 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, visit FEMA Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide Update.