Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday afternoon that more than 1.1 million electric customers had lost power because of Hurricane Ian — and the number is expected to grow.

Federal Support For Hurricane Ian Tops $1.79 Billion In Florida

More than $1.79 billion in federal grants, disaster loans, and flood insurance payments have been provided to the state of Florida and households to help survivors jumpstart their recovery after Hurricane Ian.

More than $1.79 billion in federal grants, disaster loans, and flood insurance payments have been provided to the state of Florida and households to help survivors jumpstart their recovery after Hurricane Ian.

FEMA has provided $689 million to households and $322 million to the state for emergency response, while the U.S. Small Business Administration has provided $499 million in disaster loans and the National Flood Insurance Program has paid $288 million in claims.  

FEMA has made individual assistance available to 26 counties in Florida. Residents in 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 apply for Individual Assistance.

Disaster Survivor Assistance specialists are going door-to-door in Florida neighborhoods to help individuals register for assistance. These teams have interacted with nearly 84,000 survivors in counties designated for Individual Assistance.

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National Flood Insurance Program Florida policyholders who had flood damage from the hurricane have a 90-day window to renew their policies.

The extension applies to policies with renewal dates beginning Aug. 25, 2022 through Oct. 23, 2022. Policyholders whose renewal date is in this range should contact their agent or insurance company. FEMA also extended the proof of loss requirement for flood insurance policyholders in Florida 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 Your Flood Insurance Claim.

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