DeSantis Giving Tornado Victims $7.1M After Biden Denies FEMA Request

March 1, 2022 Updated 10:55 AM ET

March 1, 2022 Updated 10:53 A.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FCV) – Tuesday, Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced that more than $7.1 million would be made available to victims of the Lee and Charlotte County tornados.

“Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) joined local Community Action Agencies in Charlotte and Lee counties to announce the availability of more than $7.1 million in funding and resources to assist income-qualified individuals and families recovering from the impacts of recent tornadoes in Southwest Florida,” a press release said.

DeSantis lambasted the Biden Administration for denying Florida’s request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide monetary relief to victims.

“Despite the Biden Administration’s failure to help Floridians in need, I will continue working with state agencies to find ways that we can assist our residents who have been devastated by these tornadoes,” DeSantis remarked.

The Florida DEO also sent individuals out to the Southwest Florida area to assist homeowners in need of assistance.

DeSantis launched a donation portal where anyone can donate and provide relief to victims.

“Available funding for Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is disbursed to local Community Action Agencies by DEO.”

The funds from Florida to tornado victims will serve to help income-qualified households in things like food, debris removal, repairing wiring, job counseling, heating and cooling costs, utility setup, generator purchases, and power cable connections.

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