In the 10 days following a major disaster declaration for Hurricane Ian, FEMA says it has approved $168M in recovery grants for 101,705 households.

WASHINGTON – Within 10 days following a major disaster declaration for Hurricane Ian, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says it approved $150 million in grant money, which has since risen to $168 million in recovery grants for over 101,705 households.

In addition, 20 counties are now eligible for individual assistance after FEMA approved the addition of Palm Beach County.

Disaster assistance can include financial help for temporary lodging, home repairs and other disaster-related expenses. Of the $150 million in grants, FEMA says $72 million was for housing assistance and $78 million covered other expenses.

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has received 31,000 claims from Florida policy holders so far and made $10 million in advance payments.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is processing disaster loan applications and has approved $3.5 million to date.

To apply for FEMA disaster assistance, go online to, use the FEMA app for smartphones or call (800) 621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. Help is available in most languages. If you use a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

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