Marco Rubio staff to host events helping Floridians apply for post-Idalia aid
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The events will run daily Wednesday through Friday.

Members of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s staff will attend events throughout the remainder of the week helping Floridians impacted by Hurricane Idalia apply for federal relief.

Staff members will be on hand to help residents register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The first event is Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Cedar Key. The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce, located at 450 2nd St, will host that meeting.

On Thursday, Rubio’s team will be on hand at the Dixie County Public Library in Cross City. The library is located at 15328 SE Highway 19. That event will also run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A third meeting Friday in Perry will run longer, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Perry-Foley Airport at 481 Industrial Drive.

Attendees are asked to bring several pieces of information with them in order to effectively apply for FEMA aid. Rubio’s team asks individuals to bring information regarding damage to property, including pictures if possible. Residents should also provide their household income and insurance details, as well as social security and banking info.

So far, 14 counties are covered by a major disaster declaration, including Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Pasco, Pinellas Suwannee and Taylor counties.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has also asked aid to be available for Alachua, Baker, Franklin, Gilchrist, Hillsborough, Manatee, Marion, Sumter, Union and Wakulla counties.

Rubio’s staff events are in addition to Disaster Recovery Centers run by the federal government, which also aim to assist those affected by a disaster to apply for relief.

Hurricane Idalia made landfall as a Category 3 storm in the Big Bend area. The vast majority of power outages have been restored, as affected Floridians now shift to recovery.

FEMA offered $5.5 billion in total federal support for Florida following Hurricane Ian’s strike, though that number will likely be lower with Hurricane Idalia, which hit the state as a weaker storm and moved through less populated areas.

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected].


3 comments

  • PeterH

    September 5, 2023 at 4:34 pm

    Staff will stage events….. because Rubio is way too important to show up!

    Hey Marco! How is your comprehensive immigration reform legislation coming along l?

  • Michael K

    September 5, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    Our governor is back on the campaign trail, begging for money at Florida taxpayer expense, in Pennsylvania, and is unable to join the senator or anyone else in Florida at this time. Priorities, you know.

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 7, 2023 at 4:49 am

    Omg Do we need to worry? Somebody woke up the sleeping “dog” looser? Anxiously awaiting to see what Rubio does for folks in Florida 💕.

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