Monday, June 14, 2021
Funding from FEMA’s Public Assistance program will provide reimbursements to Bay County, the Florida Department of Corrections and the Family of God Baptist Church.
U.S. Reps. Byron Donalds and Maria Elvira Salazar sent a letter to Isabella Guzman, the administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), urging her to provide more information on the preparedness of the Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA) for the 2021 hurricane season and the office’s ability to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic while also managing loans stemming from natural disasters.
On Wednesday, members of the Florida delegation sent a letter to U.S. Commerce Sec. Gina Raimondo urging that the Department approve Florida’s request for disaster assistance for fisheries that were harmed by severe red tide events that occurred between 2015 and 2019. 
Last month, Scott and his colleagues in the U.S. Senate, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure the agency is prepared for a potential workforce shortage ahead of the 2021 hurricane season. Scott and Rubio with other U.S. senators from the region sent the letter to FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.
The PrepareFL.com website serves as a one-stop-shop for disaster preparedness information and resources to help Floridians ensure they are prepared to weather the next storm.
Casey Key is the only Sarasota County barrier island without a program underway to address its critically eroded beaches, making their restoration efforts an important issue for Sarasota County.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced the bill in the U.S. Senate at the end of last month. Rubio has been pushing the “Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act” since 2018 and he reintroduced it this week.
Following a record-breaking season last year, with 30 named storms, Moody is encouraging Floridians to make preparations now and to have a plan in place.
FEMA, which is currently deployed to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic, is also tasked with the crisis on the southern border. Hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30.