FEMA Extends App Deadline as Support Nears $3B

New deadline for Hurricane Ian survivors to apply for FEMA aid: Jan. 12. FEMA says it has provided more than $2.97B in grants, loans and flood payments so far.

WASHINGTON – More than $2.97 billion in federal grants, disaster loans and flood insurance payments has been provided to the state of Florida and to households after Hurricane Ian, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) providing $769 million to households and $358 million to the state for emergency response.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has provided $1 billion in disaster loans, while the National Flood Insurance Program has paid $793 million in claims.

FEMA also recently announced it has extended the period for applications from survivors to Jan. 12, 2023.

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. Deadline for applications is Jan. 12, 2023.

FEMA is meeting survivors where they are to help jumpstart their recoveries. Disaster Survivor Assistance specialists are going door-to-door in Florida neighborhoods to help individuals register for assistance. These teams have visited 261,000 homes and interacted with more than 129,000 survivors in counties designated for Individual Assistance.

Thirty-three Disaster Recovery Centers are operating in impacted areas, with more than 75,000 visits by survivors.

FEMA is providing Transitional Sheltering Assistance in 26 counties to survivors eligible for temporary hotel stays. As of today, the program is providing housing for 1,807 households with 4,430 members.

Hundreds of FEMA inspectors have performed over 231,000 home inspections for survivors who applied for federal disaster assistance.

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