60-Day Hurricane Ian Update: FEMA Reaching Survivors

Release Date Release Number
DR-4673-FL NR-062
Release Date:
November 30, 2022

BRANDON, Fla. – FEMA is reaching Hurricane Ian survivors where they are to help jumpstart their recovery. FEMA teams are going door-to-door in hard-hit communities, operating one-stop Disaster Recovery Centers and supporting community outreach.

In less than two months since the disaster declaration, FEMA has provided $771 million in grants to 538,028 applicants for the Individuals and Households Program, the U.S. Small Business Administration has provided $1 billion in disaster loans, the National Flood Insurance Program has paid $793 million in claims and FEMA has provided $358 million to the State of Florida for emergency response. Disaster Survivor Assistance teams have visited 261,000 homes and interacted with 129,000 individuals. More than 1,800 households are sheltered in hotels at FEMA expense.

FEMA has extended the application deadline to Jan. 12, 2023, for survivors in Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns and Volusia counties.

There are multiple Disaster Recovery Centers operating throughout the impacted area. To find a center close to you, go online to: DRC Locator or floridadisaster.org, or text DRC along with your Zip Code to 43362.

It is not necessary to visit a Disaster Recovery Center to apply. Survivors can go online to disasterassistance.gov, use the FEMA mobile app or call 800-621-3362. The line is open every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time. Help is available in most languages. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service. To view an accessible video about how to apply visit: Three Ways to Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance - YouTube.

Two women and man with a bike in front of him talking

SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. - FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance team visits a neighborhood impacted by Hurricane Ian, talking with resident about FEMA assistance. (FEMA photo by Jocelyn Augustino)

Two males and one female talking outside in front of debris

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Disaster Survivor Assistance team members speak with local residents in neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Ian and provide information about how to apply for federal assistance following Hurricane Ian. (FEMA photo by Jocelyn Augustino)

A woman with glasses on looking down a paperwork with an older male in front her

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A Disaster Survivor Assistance team member helps a Hurricane Ian survivor apply for assistance. (FEMA photo by Austin Boone)

Two women FEMA specialist on one side of the table in front of their laptops and two women survivors on the other side. There are other families in the background

SANFORD, Fla. – FEMA specialists help Hurricane Ian survivors apply for assistance at the Midway Safe Harbor Center. (FEMA photo by Bob Kaufmann)

Two women FEMA specialist sitting at table with two women standing with two small children in the middle of them.

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – Hurricane Ian survivors hear from FEMA and other agency partners about important recovery information at the First Presbyterian Church. (FEMA photo by Chrissy Gonsalves)

2 male & 1 female FEMA specialist at a table with their laptops talking to survivors on the other side or the table

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Hurricane Ian survivors receive one-on-one help from FEMA specialists at a Disaster Recovery Center. (FEMA photo by Jocelyn Augustino)

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – A FEMA specialist provides information to members of the United Haitian Church. (FEMA photo by Chrissy Gonsalves)

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – American Sign Language Interpreters provide recovery information for Deaf and Hard of Hearing community members at an event in Fort Myers. (FEMA photo by Austin Boone)

Two women talking to a FEMA specialist at her laptop

NAPLES, Fla. –Residents visit a Disaster Recovery Center in Collier County at Veterans Community Park. Local, state and federal agencies are on site to help survivors affected by Hurricane Ian. (FEMA photo by Jocelyn Augustino)

A women checking into a Disaster Recovery Center

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center has representatives from FEMA, State of Florida, SBA and other agencies to help disaster survivors. (FEMA photo by Jocelyn Augustino)

Two men standing in front of a mitigation banner

FORT MYERS, Fla. – FEMA Hazard Mitigation specialists speak with residents about how to rebuild stronger against future storms. (FEMA photo by Jocelyn Augustino)



FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, you can call the Civil Rights Resource line at 833-285-7448.

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Last updated December 10, 2022