Today, U.S. Representative Val Demings of Orlando wrote to President Joe Biden asking to approve a temporary 100% federal cost-share for all emergency protective services in response to Hurricane Ian. Rep. Demings chairs the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, & Recovery, which oversees FEMA.
“I’m calling on FEMA to fully cost share the emergency aid to Florida following Hurricane Ian,” said Rep. Demings. “Our response to the storm must be swift, complete, and put families first. As chair of the subcommittee overseeing FEMA’s response, I am receiving regular updates and will be fighting to ensure that our communities get everything that they need to stay safe and rebuild.”
In the letter, Rep. Demings made it clear that this support “will be critical” for Florida.
“It is critical for the safety of everyone in the state of Florida that this relief be fully covered,” the letter to President Biden said. “100% cost-share will help speed recovery efforts and ensure that supplies and assistance get to where they are needed quickest. In the coming days, these efforts will be critical to ensure that the state is on its way to recovery and that residents have the supplies and aid needed to weather the coming weeks as damage is assessed and repaired.”
Here is a copy of the full letter from Rep. Val Demings to President Biden:Demings_Florida_costshare_FEMA_letter_Biden