Florida?s Disaster Recovery Operation ? By the Numbers

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Release date: 
June 15, 2005
Release Number: 
LTR-05-004
4 The 2004 hurricanes – Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne – are the largest disaster in FEMA history. The Sunshine State became the first state since Texas in 1886 to be struck by four hurricanes in a single year.
200 Following one of the nation’s worst disasters, more than 200 voluntary agencies responded.
740 FEMA received a record number of applications —approximately 740 and more expected for mitigation grants from local governments. Mitigation grants help Florida become more disaster-resistant.
800 Currently, 800 FEMA and other federal personnel work at the Florida Long-Term Recovery Office in Orlando, a rare exception needed as a result of the magnitude of the 2004 season.
2,600 At the peak of its disaster recovery operation, more than 2,600 FEMA personnel were deployed to Florida in support of state and local response and recovery efforts.
9,600 Disaster medical teams treated more than 9,600 patients for storm-related injuries.
11,000 More than 2,700 eligible applicants—mainly county and local government officials—have applied for federal funding of emergency measures, debris removal and infrastructure repair projects. So far, FEMA has approved over 11,000 projects for funding.
140,000 More than 140,000 volunteers from all parts of the country came to the aid of Floridians. Thousands continue to help repair and rebuild homes as part of a statewide long-term recovery initiative.
368,000 The American Red Cross and other agencies sheltered more than 368,000 residents before and after the four hurricanes blasted through Florida.
1.2 Million Due to the severity of the back-to-back disasters, more than 1.2 million Floridians applied for federal and state assistance through FEMA’s registration system setting an agency record. Nationwide on September 28, 2004, FEMA took a record 44,800 applications in a single 24-hour period.
6.4 Million So far, volunteers from around the country have worked more than 6.4 million hours in Florida.
9.5 Million All totaled, state officials estimate that more than 9.5 million people evacuated Florida during the historic hurricane season.
102 Million The estimated value of volunteer service already exceeds $102 million.
400 Million So far, FEMA has set aside more than $400 million to fund mitigation projects designed to minimize future property, infrastructure and economic losses caused by disasters. For instance, an $8,000 investment in hurricane shutters for a fire station may save $500,000 in damages during the next hurricane — not to mention the cost of lost s...
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