FDEM Director Kevin Guthrie Issues Updates on Hurricane Ian Response and Recovery with State Agency Leaders 

Oct 03, 2022 at 08:55 pm by pj


Today, Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) Director Kevin Guthrie issued updates on the State’s response to Hurricane Ian as well as ongoing recovery efforts. The Director was joined by state agency leaders to share the robust recovery efforts and available resources their agencies are offering and deploying to the impacted areas. To watch the full remarks, click here.

“We are coordinating and collaborating on a day-to-day basis to ensure that impacted residents and businesses have the resources they need to begin their recovery and rebuild,” said FDEM Director and State Coordinating Officer Kevin Guthrie. “We all appreciate the Governor and First Lady's leadership and stand ready to continue to support the mission.”

Points of Distribution (POD) are operating at 28 sites distributing food, water, and ice. Additional sites are being located based on resource needs. To find POD sites by county, click here.

All emergency information for Hurricane Ian can be found at FloridaDisaster.org. Recovery efforts and resources for survivors include:

  • Some requirements for Reemployment Assistance claims have been temporarily waived for Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian in FEMA disaster-declared counties. Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available for individuals and businesses in the same counties. For more information on unemployment, click here.
  • The Department of Health’s Healthy Start Coalitions are supporting moms and babies by distributing pack-n-play’s, diapers, wipes, and formula to shelters.
  • The Florida Highway Patrol has deployed their Florida Licenses on Wheels to provide driver’s licenses, vehicle tags, and title replacements. This service is currently located at the Hertz Arena in Fort Myers and will be open from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.
  • The state website for reporting missing persons related to Hurricane Ian is missing.fl.gov. If you need to report a missing person, fill out the form on behalf of “Someone Else.” You can also fill out the form on behalf of yourself if communications are limited. Safe and found persons can be reported safe at safe.fl.gov.
  • Floridians wishing to volunteer can visit Volunteer Florida’s webpage to find opportunities through organizations to distribute meals, help with debris clean up, and assist with other needs through Volunteer Connect.
  • More than $22 million has been raised for Hurricane Ian recovery through Volunteer Florida’s Florida Disaster Fund. To contribute to the Florida Disaster Fund, please visit [www.FloridaDisasterFund.org]www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222.
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