Hurricane Ian

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Hurricane Ian devastated southwest Florida, making landfall on September 28, 2022 as a Category 4 hurricane with strong winds, heavy rainfall and severe flooding.

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that the State of Florida would receive Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to support long-term resiliency and mitigation efforts following Hurricane Ian. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is the governor-designated state authority responsible for administering these funds. Working with Florida's impacted communities, DEO's Office of Long-Term Resiliency (OLTR) will develop an action plan to guide how this funding will address unmet recovery and mitigation needs following Hurricane Ian.

Eligible Counties

HUD identified four Florida counties (Lee, Orange, Sarasota and Volusia) who will receive direct funding allocations separate from the amount allocated to the State of Florida. These four counties will be responsible for designing their own programs to address their communities' unmet needs, as well as administering any funds to run those programs. DEO is committed to working with all counties to swiftly administer long-term disaster recovery funds. For Floridians in direct-allocation counties who are interested in Hurricane Ian assistance, please contact your county directly; their websites are below:

Another 20 counties that have been identified as Most Impacted and Distressed (MID) areas are eligible for Hurricane Ian CDBG-DR programs from the State of Florida. In the aftermath of the storm, HUD identified 14 MID counties (Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Monroe, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Seminole, and zip code 32177 [Putnam County]), and the remaining 6 counties have been identified by the State of Florida as being State MID counties (Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Lake, Okeechobee, St. Johns). These counties will be serviced by the State of Florida through DEO and Rebuild Florida.

Ian FEMA Map

This map shows where FEMA assistance has been directed following Hurricane Ian. This map will be updated to reflect HUD and state-designated MID areas once the Federal Register Notice is published from HUD.

State Action Plan

DEO is currently developing a draft of the State Action Plan for Disaster Recovery. The State Action Plan provides a high-level strategy for how the funding will be used to address eligible communities' long-term resiliency and mitigation needs. The State Action Plan is being developed with input from state and community partners, as well as citizens, to determine the remaining long-term resiliency needs and the most critical disaster mitigation needs.

Public Hearings

Before submission to HUD, a draft of the State Action Plan is posted, and DEO will host Public Hearings where members of the public are invited to provide comments and feedback to be used in finalizing the State Action Plan. These times will be posted below, along with a transcript and slide deck for the presentation.

Hurricane Ian Timeline

A timeline of Hurricane Ian DEO disaster recovery actions is below. The timeline will be updated with the most recent information as it becomes available.

  • September 28, 2022: Hurricane Ian makes landfall.
  • March 15, 2023: HUD Press Release announces that the State of Florida will receive $910,624,000 in CDBG-DR funding to support long-term resiliency in response to Hurricane Ian.
  • May 18, 2023: HUD published the Federal Register guidance formally announcing the allocation of CDBG-DR funds and the regulations guiding the administration of these funds.

2023 Federal Register

The Federal Register provides guidance on HUD program requirements to state and local governments. Below is the link to the Federal Register guidance applicable to funding associated with Hurricane Ian.

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