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.

Hurricane Ian Assistance Surpasses $4.45 Billion In Florida

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.
Hurricane Ian 2022

More than $4.45 billion in federal grants, disaster loans, and flood insurance payments have been provided to the state of Florida and households to help survivors affected by Hurricane Ian jumpstart their recoveries.

FEMA has provided $859 million to households affected by Hurricane Ian and $503 million to the state for emergency response to Hurricane Ian, while the U.S. Small Business Administration has provided $1.37 billion in disaster loans, and the National Flood Insurance Program has paid $1.72 billion in claims to survivors of Hurricane Ian.

FEMA has also received 3,476 valid registrations from Hurricane Nicole survivors.

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FEMA has made individual assistance available to 26 counties in Florida affected by Hurricane Ian. 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. Deadline for applications is Jan. 12, 2023.

Disaster Survivor Assistance specialists are going door-to-door in Florida neighborhoods to help individuals register for assistance.

These teams have visited nearly 352,000 homes and interacted with more than 152,000 survivors in counties designated for Individual Assistance after Hurricane Ian.

22 Disaster Recovery Centers are operating in areas affected by Hurricane Ian, with nearly 104,400 visits by survivors.

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FEMA approved Direct Temporary Housing Assistance to provide options for those whose homes are uninhabitable because of the hurricane.

FEMA determined that rental assistance is insufficient to meet the housing need in those counties because of a lack of available housing resources.

FEMA will notify applicants who are eligible for direct housing. It will take time to transport, permit, install and inspect these units before they are available.

Direct Temporary Housing Assistance may be provided for up to 18 months from Sept. 29, 2022, the date of the federal disaster declaration, to March 28, 2024.

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