Ron DeSantis Launches New Site for Floridians Impacted by Hurricane Ian

This week, Gov. Ron DeSantis launched the Unite Florida Recovery Portal to help residents of the Sunshine State recover from Hurricane Ian.

The portal will “connect Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian to important recovery resources, including housing support,” and the governor’s office offered some of the details on the new site.

“Florida’s first-ever state-led sheltering and housing program is available through and provides temporary sheltering options — such as travel trailers and recreational vehicles — and temporary or permanent repairs for households whose needs are not met through insurance or FEMA’s Individual Assistance program. Residents impacted by Hurricane Ian can also access the Unite Florida Portal to report unmet needs such as transportation, household items and social services,” the governor’s office noted.

“Southwest Floridians have a long road to recovery ahead of them, and my administration is working hard to ensure we’re making that process as smooth as possible,” said DeSantis. “This recovery portal will assist eligible Floridians with navigating the available support options, including resources available through Florida’s first-of-its-kind state-led sheltering and housing relief program.”

“This innovative recovery portal will allow impacted residents to report their unmet needs, including housing, to aid in restoring the Southwest Florida community and get families back on their feet,” said Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) Director Kevin Guthrie. “I would like to thank the governor and first lady for their steadfast leadership and their use of innovative solutions to assist Floridians in their time of need.”

“Some sheltering and housing assistance programs may require you to register for FEMA Individual Assistance. Hurricane Ian survivors can apply for FEMA assistance and continuously update their applications by visiting, calling (800) 621-3362, using the FEMA app or visiting one of more than 20 open Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs),” the governor’s office noted. “ resources will also available in Spanish and Haitian-Creole. Information entered on the website is completely confidential. For those who need additional assistance completing an application, please call 1-800-892-0948.”

Kevin Derby
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