WASHINGTON — More than $1.74 billion in federal grants, catastrophe loans and flood insurance payments have been provided to the state of Florida and families to help survivors begin their recovery after Hurricane Ian.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provided $684 million to families and $322 million to the state for emergency response, while the U.S. Small Business Administration provided $464 million in disaster loans and the National Flood Insurance Program paid $273 million in claims.

How FEMA Helps Florida Residents

  • FEMA will provide temporary housing for eligible survivors of Hurricane Ian in Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Hardy, Lee and Sarasota counties. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved direct temporary housing assistance to provide options for those whose homes are uninhabitable due to the hurricane. FEMA has determined that rental assistance is insufficient to meet housing needs in those counties due to a lack of available housing resources. FEMA will notify eligible applicants for direct accommodation. It will take a long time to move, permit, 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 declaration of the disaster, until March 28, 2024.
  • FEMA has made individual assistance available to 26 Florida counties. Residents of Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardy, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole St. John’s and Volusia counties are eligible to apply for individual assistance.
  • FEMA is meeting survivors wherever they are to help begin their recovery. Disaster survivor assistance professionals go door-to-door in Florida neighborhoods to help individuals register for assistance. These teams have interacted with approx 80120 Survivors in counties designated for individual assistance.
  • Survivors can visit one of 23 disaster recovery centers It operates in Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardy, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee (two locations), Manatee, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. John’s and Volusia counties . More centers are planned. Interpretation services and translated materials are available at these centers to help survivors communicate in the language they feel most comfortable in. Disaster recovery center locations are chosen for their accessibility, with the goal of reaching as many people as possible. As positions are added, locations will be updated in real time at FloridaDisaster.org.
  • FEMA has expanded temporary shelter assistance to seven more counties, bringing the total to 26 eligible for temporary hotel accommodation for survivors who cannot stay home due to storm damage. As of today, the program provides housing for 2,384 families with 5994 Individuals.
  • Hundreds of FEMA inspectors You have done more 181000 Home inspections of survivors who have applied for federal disaster assistance.
  • The US Small Business Administration has approved $464 million In low interest catastrophe loans For homeowners, renters and business owners. Business Recovery Centers are located in Collier, Hillsboro, Lee, Manatee and Seminole counties.
  • As of October 29, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has received more than 43,000 flood insurance claims and has paid more than $273 million to policyholders, including $154 million in advances.
  • NFIP document holders may receive up to $1,000 To offset the purchase of supplies such as sandbags, plastic sheeting and lumber. They may also receive up to $1,000 in storage expenses if they move insured property. Policyholders must file a claim for the avoidance of flood losses, regardless of whether it was successful in preventing flood damage.
  • FEMA is recruiting locally for more than 300 jobs in Brandon, Fort Myers, Kissimmee, Orlando and Sarasota. These positions are full-time appointments of 120 days that can be extended depending on operational needs. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online through USAJobs.gov.
  • Disaster unemployment assistance is available to eligible survivors. Florida residents can file a claim for compensation for loss of income caused by Hurricane Ian by going to Disaster Unemployment Assistance – FloridaJobs.org and selecting “Apply for Hurricane Ian DUA,” visiting their local CareerSource 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 17,758 roofs. This is a free service for homeowners and currently operates in Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Lee, and Sarasota counties. Residents affected by Hurricane Ian can register at BlueRoof.us or call toll-free at 1-888-ROOF-BLU (1-888-766-3258) for more information. The call center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.
  • Florida National Flood Insurance Program Policyholders who have sustained flood damage from a hurricane have a 90-day window to renew their policies. The extension applies to policies with renewal dates from August 25 to October 23. Policyholders whose renewal date falls within this range should contact their agent or insurance company. FEMA also extended proof of loss requirements for Florida flood insurance policyholders who experienced flood damage from Hurricane Ian from 60 to 365 days. For more information on how to file a flood insurance claim, visit How to start a flood insurance claim.
  • If you or a loved one use adaptive or accessibility items that were damaged by Hurricane Ian, you may qualify for FEMA assistance for these items. For homeowners, items can include an exterior ramp, grab bars and a paved path for the home’s entrance from the vehicle. Awards do not count toward the housing assistance benefit or maximum awards for personal property. For more information for homeowners and renters, visit FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program Update and Policy Guide.

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