The City of Zephyrhills has issued a local state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Ian.

FEMA Expands Disaster Aid To Additional Florida Counties

Homeowners in Brevard, Hendry, Monroe, and Okeechobee counties are now eligible to apply for FEMA individual assistance.

Homeowners in Brevard, Hendry, Monroe, and Okeechobee counties are now eligible to apply for FEMA individual assistance.

More than $268 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved for over 178,000 individuals and households to help jumpstart their recoveries. 

FEMA has made individual assistance available to 24 counties in Florida. Residents in Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns and Volusia counties are eligible to apply for individual assistance.

FEMA is meeting survivors where they are to help jumpstart their recovery.

Today, FEMA and state partners opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Volusia County. Along with disaster Survivor Assistance specialists going door-to-door in Florida neighborhoods to help individuals register for assistance, survivors can visit one of the 11 Disaster Recovery Centers operating across the state. Centers are operating in Charlotte, Collier, Hardee, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, and Volusia counties, with two centers in Lee County.

More centers are planned to open in the coming days. Interpretation services and translated materials are available at these centers to help survivors communicate in the language they feel most comfortable.

Disaster Recovery Center locations are chosen for their accessibility, with the goal of reaching as many people as possible.

As centers are added, real-time locations will be updated at FloridaDisaster.org.

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