Marco Rubio, Rick Scott raise FEMA funding concerns

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The Senators want to ensure emergency funding is there when Florida needs it.

An active hurricane season looms, and Florida’s Senators want answers about emergency funding.

U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott wrote a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell demanding answers on whether FEMA has the resources needed to assist people in Florida and beyond when tropical systems wreak their inevitable havoc.

“Last year, we led an effort in the Senate to fully fund FEMA’s DRF at the levels requested by your agency and the White House. It is gravely concerning to us that now, not even a year later, the Joe Biden administration is projecting another funding shortfall,” the letter reads.

“It is our understanding that your agency expects the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) to run out of funds by August 2024 and may need to activate an immediate needs funding designation as early as June. We cannot stress enough how devastating this funding shortage would be to hurricane and disaster relief efforts in Florida and across the country. FEMA’s latest monthly DRF report, issued May 7, 2024, projects a $1.359 billion deficit in its Major Declarations fund by August, growing to $6.811 billion by September. This is unacceptable going into hurricane season.”

The Senators are posing four questions to Criswell.

“What is the current funding level of the DRF, and what are the estimated monthly expenditures that are being drawn from the fund? Does FEMA still project a deficit to the DRF in August or do you expect it to occur earlier? When does FEMA expect it will need to activate an immediate needs funding designation? What level of funding does FEMA need to adequately respond to disasters during the 2024-25 hurricane season?”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Dont Say FLA

    May 20, 2024 at 3:39 pm

    Leave it to the states! Florida should save money for Florida emergencies.

    Rhonda would probably give that money to Texas. Maybe Floridians could elect a governor next time who is interested in Florida First.

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    May 20, 2024 at 3:50 pm

    Number one, why would you get more money when you both are idiotic enough to deny Climate Change? And second why would the Executive branch give us any money when even climate friendly, energy saving devices like EVs, and solar panels are taxed by the State conservative ignorance and Insurance companies keeping a regular flow of campaign cash to Florida politician’s while businesses and citizens pay the highest rates in the nation, only because of your ignorance?

    • Michael K

      May 22, 2024 at 8:02 am

      Well said.

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