The Seminole Tribe of Florida received a hand from the federal government on disaster assistance at the end of the week as President Joe Biden approved a declaration of major disaster for the tribe, which makes federal dollars available to those affected members of the tribe and the Seminoles’ associated lands.
“I’ve directed that every possible action be taken to save lives and get help to survivors,” Biden said in a news conference on Hurricane Ian. “Because every single minute counts. It’s not just a crisis for Florida. This is an American crisis. We’re all in this together.”
This money can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to help handle property losses for the uninsured, and other programs that are geared to help individuals and businesses put their lives and livelihoods back together.
“We’re just beginning to see the scale of that destruction. It’s likely to rank among the worst … in the nation’s history,” Biden told reporters Friday.
Funding is also available to the tribe “and to certain private nonprofit organizations” on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work.
“For a period of 30 days from the start of the incident period, assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, is authorized at 100 percent of the total eligible costs,” according to the White House.
“In times like these Americans come together. They put aside politics, they put aside division,” Biden said. “We come together to help each other because we know if it were us who just lost our home or a loved one, we hope people would show up to help us as well.”