Today, @CaseyDeSantis and I surveyed damage and met with local authorities in Charlotte & Lee counties to discuss their needs. 

We appreciate how hard the local emergency management personnel have been working and know it has made, and will continue to make, a big difference.

We will stand by the people of Florida every step of the way. 

We have activated the Florida Disaster Fund so that resources can be efficiently and effectively deployed to those directly impacted by Ian. 

To contribute, visit http://FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222.

.@FEMA has activated individual assistance for Floridians who need recovery aid.

If you need assistance visit http://disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362.

Make sure to take a picture of the water level in your home—it will help provide faster assistance.

As #HurricaneIan passes, do not rush to come home—we have crews working to clear the roads and restore power. Avoid downed power lines, flood water, downed trees, and do not drive in standing water.

Follow @FLSERT for up-to-date information.

Governor DeSantis and @CaseyDeSantis Deliver an Update on Hurricane Ian from Punta Gorda https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1OyKAVmmYvDGb

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When the pandemic separated Floridians from our parents and grandparents, our nursing home workers gave their all to care for our seniors. https://www.1199seiu.org/media-center/love-nursing-home-workers-wilton-simpson-labor-day-2022-lesson-hope-cooperation-stronger-florida

Senator @isayray is a good man and the leader our state universities need as we work to retain our position as the top higher education system in the nation. I have every confidence he will win swift approval by the full board next month.

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The partnership between state, local and federal officials is working well so far and I am very grateful for that. The recovery road will be long and I will stay involved and engaged with local officials and federal partners. https://video.foxbusiness.com/v/6312991244112

I encourage Floridians to please stay inside, off the streets and in safety while local response crews work to clear roads.

This is good news. Thank You AT&T for this expanded service. This is good for @att, @verizon and @tmobile customers. Please RT #OneFlorida #HurricaneIan https://twitter.com/attnews/status/1575557949782720519

FYI: To help Floridians stay connected during Hurricane Ian, Xfinity and Spectrum have opened up wifi hotspots to the general public. Here’s how to stay connected ⤵️

Xfinity: https://florida.comcast.com/2022/09/27/comcast-opens-free-xfinity-wifi-hotspot-network-as-hurricane-ian-approaches/

Spectrum: https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/spectrum-opens-out-of-home-wifi-access-points-across-florida-georgia-and-south-carolina-to-aid-hurricane-ian-response

Effects of #Ian are still being felt. Roadways are dangerous. First responders need access to do their jobs.

Do NOT drive unless absolutely necessary. Check @fl511_state for real-time traffic updates. Call *FHP (*347) if needing road assistance or encountering unsafe conditions.

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.@PressSec, your administration criticizes me for denouncing lobbyists & PACs while you cash their checks and send out insincere tweets.

Karine Jean-Pierre is nothing but a fraudulent mouthpiece for this joke of a White House. In fact, she's a perfect embodiment of that joke.

Carson Holloway: "All too often the American press seeks not to facilitate democratic deliberation by informing the voters but instead to shape political outcomes by dealing in hysteria and misinformation." https://americanmind.org/salvo/actual-malice/

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A reminder to Floridians to complete the shelter-in-place survey at http://FloridaDisaster.org/Report. It will be a while before waters recede and services will be necessary in numerous cases.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 so authorities may assist you quickly.

🏘️ The Army Corps of Engineers is readying its "Blue Roof" program to help Floridians protect their homes before replacement in several cases.

If your roof is damaged or leaking due to the storm, you can call (888) 766-3258 for temporary roof tarps.

As #HurricaneIan passes, do not rush to come home—we have crews working to clear the roads and restore power. Avoid downed power lines, flood water, downed trees, and do not drive in standing water.

Follow @FLSERT for up-to-date information.

We're monitoring heavy rains and flooding in #FL03. First responders are working hard to make sure everyone stays safe at this time, as our focus remains on recovery efforts after the storm has passed.

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STORM WATCH: Next for re-strengthened Hurricane Ian...South Carolina. https://www.audacy.com/thesky973/news/ian-re-strengthens-into-hurricane-threatens-south-carolina?json?utm_campaign=sharebutton&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_term=WSKYFM via @THESKY973DOTCOM

BREAKING STORM WATCH: Ian has strengthened back into a Category 1 hurricane, with maximum wind speeds up to 75 mph. Now heads to South Carolina. https://www.audacy.com/thesky973/news/ian-regains-hurricane-strength-as-it-heads-to-south-carolina?json?utm_campaign=sharebutton&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_term=WSKYFM via @THESKY973DOTCOM

Space telescopes capture asteroid slam with striking clarity. https://www.audacy.com/thesky973/news/space-telescopes-capture-asteroid-slam-with-striking-clarity?json?utm_campaign=sharebutton&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_term=WSKYFM via @THESKY973DOTCOM

MARKETS: Wall Street drops back to lowest since 2020 as fear returns. Dow closes down 458 pts., S&P 500 drops 2%, Nasdaq off 3% today. https://www.audacy.com/thesky973/news/business/wall-street-drops-back-to-lowest-since-2020-as-fear-returns?json?utm_campaign=sharebutton&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_term=WSKYFM via @THESKY973DOTCOM

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9/29 5pm EDT: A storm surge warning is now in effect from northeast FL to Cape Fear, NC & portions of the Neuse River. A storm surge watch extends from Cape Fear to Duck, NC, including the Pamlico Sound. Residents should follow any advice from local officials.

9/29 5pm EDT: #Ian is a hurricane again! The danger of life-threatening storm surge continues through Friday along the coasts of northeast FL, GA, SC, and NC. Residents in these areas should follow any advice given by local officials & check http://hurricanes.gov for updates!

Hurricane #Ian Advisory 29: Ian Becomes a Hurricane Again. Taking Aim At the Carolinas and Georgia With Life-Threatening Flooding, Storm Surge and Strong Winds. http://hurricanes.gov

Post-Tropical Cyclone #Eleven Advisory 6: Tropical Depression Becomes a Remnant Low. This is the Final Advisory. http://hurricanes.gov

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Drone pilots in FL: Don't cause interference by flying near emergency response efforts related to #HurricaneIan. Numerous low-flying aircraft are actively supporting rescue & recovery missions.

Remember: If you fly, emergency response aircraft operations cannot.

Communications may be impacted due to #Ian. Stay #WeatherReady by knowing what to do. Power outages may be a concern, so conserve your phone battery by reducing screen brightness and limiting app use.

As Ian moves offshore, hazards will remain across the area. Be sure to practice generator safety to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, stay out of the floodwaters!! You never know what's hidden or floating in them, including dangerous critters.

For areas under a storm surge warning, there is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland in the specified area w/in 36 hrs. A storm surge watch indicates that life-threatening inundation is possible in the specified area w/in 48 hours.

9/29 5 PM update - Ian has regained hurricane status offshore.

🌀 Storm Surge Warning continues for the NE FL and SE GA coast through the night.
4-6 feet on the coast and 2-4 feet on the St. John's River possible.

Photo Credit: Dr. Athena Masson, St. Augustine, FL.

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It is not yet clear how many people remained on Ft.Myers Beach, Sanibel or Pine Island during the storm

Several have been rescued by air as rescue teams are working feverishly to get on the ground and conduct a full search #IanHurricane

Jeanette & I just visited the @LeeEOC & @SheriffLeeFL

Search & rescue efforts ongoing & the full damage still being assessed but it is clear the damage is historic #IanHurricane

Individual help from @FEMA will be available for designated counties for expenses not covered by insurance as a result of #IanHurricane including:
-Housing Assistance
-Short term lodging
-Home repair/replacement
-Potentially a temporary housing unit for homeowners & renters

LOCAL #Florida MEDIA PLEASE SHARE

@potus approved #IanHurricane individual assistance for those in
-Charlotte
-Collier
-DeSoto
-Hardee
-Hillsborough
-Lee
-Manatee
-Pinellas
-Sarasota

My office will be helping with applications

Can also apply online

https://www.disasterassistance.gov/DAC/govBenefitReceiver.do?gbsessionid=0&action=RI&langcode=EN

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