Hotels and motels now an option for people displaced by Ian, FEMA announces

TALLAHASSEE, Florida. – As one of the largest arenas in Southwest Florida, Hertz Arena in Estero, which was converted into a shelter for Hurricane Ian victims, is beginning to reach capacity and other shelters erupted, which has now affected residents of the hard-hit southwest. have another option.

On Saturday, the State of Florida activated the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). People who have applied for disaster assistance may be eligible to shelter in a hotel or motel paid for by FEMA.

According to Kevin Guthrie, director of Florida’s Emergency Management Division, residents may be eligible for TSA if they cannot return home and their housing needs cannot be met by insurance. , shelter, or rental assistance provided by FEMA or another agency.

Eligible residents include those in Florida counties of Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, and Volusia.

The program will be limited to participating hotels and motels in Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

Eligible individuals will be notified via an automated phone call, text message, or email, depending on the method they chose when requesting support.

Meanwhile, Ian’s Florida storm-related death toll currently stands at 92, according to reports from the Florida Medical Examiners Commissioner, according to the Associated Press.

Learn more about FEMA assistance at or call the Disaster Helpline at 800-621-3362.

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