Hurricane Ian survivors have been awarded over $150 million in assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to aid in disaster recovery efforts.
Hundreds of FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams continue going door-to-door to help survivors with their unique needs after the storm. At least 119 individuals lost their lives in connection with the storm, and, according to data from RMS, Hurricane Ian is estimated to have caused between $53 billion and $74 billion in damage.
In response to Hurricane Ian, FEMA continues to open more Disaster Recovery Centers across the impacted areas, with additional centers opening today in Collier and Charlotte counties. There are now a total of five Disaster Recovery Centers being operated in Lee, Sarasota, Collier and Charlotte counties, and more are planned to open in the coming days.
Additionally, FEMA and the state of Florida have recently activated the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, providing eligible survivors who have applied for disaster assistance with TSA to shelter in a hotel or motel paid for by FEMA.
In addition to FEMA assistance, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) began its first installation project as a part of Operation Blue Roof, providing impacted survivors in eligible counties with temporary roof repair. USACE has been tasked by FEMA to assist eligible homeowners with temporary roof repairs.