Hurricane Charley Recovery – By The Numbers

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Release date: 
August 3, 2009
Release Number: 
1539-015Factsheet
4 Hurricane Charley was a Category 4 storm when it made landfall near Punta Gorda on August 13, 2004. It claimed the title of the fifth costliest storm in U.S. history, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
15 On August 15, 2004, former director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management Craig Fugate formed “Charley Command.” The system, used for the first time in Florida, merged state and federal teams so they solved problems together. Ultimately, the unified system led to a faster and more agile response and was pivotal to the success to subsequent statewide responses for Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.
140 In connection with Charley, FEMA funded 140 projects aimed at making Florida a more disaster-resistant state. Totaling nearly $48 million, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds were provided to the state for storm shutters, impact-resistant glass, roof strengthening, drainage projects and other improvements to public facilities.
3,800 Patients treated by FEMA Disaster Medical Assistance Teams following the storm.
4,700 Temporary housing units, including travel trailers and mobile homes set up by FEMA  to house Floridians.
7,100 State agencies, local governments and nonprofits that received FEMA Public Assistance grants associated with Hurricane Charley.
100,000 People sheltered by the American Red Cross in the first couple of weeks of the disaster.
182,000 Homes inspected to determine eligibility for FEMA housing assistance.
273,000 Individuals who registered for state and federal assistance in Florida.
18 million Cubic yards of debris created by Charley. FEMA funded more than $286 million in debris removal costs.
$50 million In claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program in Florida.
$209 million Approved for Floridians through the Individual and Households program. This included nearly $92 million to pay for lodging expenses, rental assistance, and minimal home repairs.
$503 million Approved loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The loans reached the occupants of more than 11,000 homes and more than 2,100 businesses.
$624 million Public Assistance funds allocated by FEMA for cities, counties and certain nonprofits for nearly 7,100 recovery projects.
$15 billion With torrential rainfall and maximum sustained winds of 145 mph, Hurricane Charley whipped across the State of Florida and left behind an estimated $15 billion in insured and uninsured losses.

The Florida Four in 2004:  Charley (Aug. 13), Frances (Sept. 5), Ivan (Sept. 16) and Jeanne (Sept. 26)

  • Four storms in 44 days caused an estimated $45 billion in damage.
  • Each of the storms is still ranked among the top ten costliest hurricanes in the U.S., according to the Insurance Information Institute.
  • Florida was the first state to be hit by four hurricanes in one season since Texas in 1886.
  • At the time, FEMA’s response to the four hurricanes was the largest in the agency’s 26-year history.
  • Because of the 2004 hurricanes, nearly $369 million in federal funds was set aside for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Prog...
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