President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Disaster Declaration for Seminole Tribe of Florida

Yesterday, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared a major disaster for the Seminole tribe of Florida and ordered federal assistance to supplement the tribe’s efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Ian from from September 23, 2022 and continuing.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected people in the Seminole Tribe of Florida and its associated lands.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the catastrophe.

Federal funding is also available to the Seminole Tribe of Florida and some private nonprofit organizations on a cost-share basis for emergency work in the Seminole Tribe of Florida. For a period of 30 days from the start of the incident period, assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, is authorized at 100% of the total eligible costs.

Finally, federal funding is available on a cost-share basis for risk mitigation measures for the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Deanne Criswell, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, has appointed Thomas J. McCool as Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal Recovery Operations in Affected Areas.

Damage assessments are continuing in other areas and additional forms of assistance may be appointed once assessments are fully completed. Residents and business owners who have suffered losses in designated areas can start applying for assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.govby calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or using FEMA App. Anyone using a relay service, such as video relay.

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