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President Trump Approves Disaster Declaration For Florida

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The 5 p.m. satellite and radar image of Hurricane Irma

President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for areas in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma.

Governor Rick Scott made the request for federal assistance earlier today.

In a press release, Scott said, “It’s clear that the entire country is standing with Florida as Hurricane Irma batters our state right now. I have heard from people all across the world that want to help and support Florida. It’s encouraging, and on behalf of all Floridians - we appreciate the support and constant collaboration.”

According to a press release from Governor Rick Scott’s office, Trump authorized:

  • 100 percent federal reimbursement for thirty days in all counties for emergency protective measures, such as Emergency Operation Center costs, evacuation costs, sheltering costs, and other costs associated with emergency response. After the thirty days, the federal government will reimburse 75 percent of these costs. This includes both local and state expenses;
  • 75 percent federal reimbursement for all counties for debris removal;
  • Direct federal financial assistance for impacted Florida families in the following counties: Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough; Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties.