Hundreds of thousands in Florida seek aid after Ian

TALLAHASSEE – More than 700,000 Florida households have utilized for particular person federal help after Hurricane Ian and one other 130,000 are anticipated to use, in accordance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency official.

Also, the company stated it will present short-term housing to individuals affected by the storm in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, and Lee counties.

“We want to keep everybody local,” Federal Coordinating Officer Tom McCool stated throughout a information convention in Fort Myers. “We want to keep you in your communities, where you go to church, whatever house of worship, where the kids go to school, and where you’re comfortable.”

Meanwhile, FEMA stated it accepted a separate request from Florida to assist velocity up the removing of particles on non-public and industrial properties by way of the use of satellite tv for pc imagery and different technology. During the information convention, Gov. Ron DeSantis stated that after Hurricane Michael hit Northwest Florida in 2018, it took greater than 20 months to deal with particles removing from non-public and industrial properties in some areas.

“In the past, FEMA would literally have to go door to door to physically inspect structures,” DeSantis stated. “But as you know, that can take months to be able to complete. So by leveraging technology, we’re avoiding that tedious process and allowing FEMA to make quicker determinations for program eligibility.”

The state additionally has created a program to take away displaced and deserted property corresponding to boats, vehicles, bikes, trailers, and all-terrain autos on non-public and industrial properties and in waterways. DeSantis stated 869 deserted autos and vessels had already been recognized on non-public and industrial properties. 

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