Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied emergency funds for home repair after a deadly hurricane wrecked the state.
After FEMA reportedly denied the funds Florida had requested Friday, DeSantis announced the state would provide $25 million for repairs on damaged homes. Most of these funds will be given to nonprofit organizations with which will distribute the relief. (RELATED: ‘The People Of China Are Right’: DeSantis Calls Out Chinese Regime’s ‘Draconian’ Covid Policies)
“We’re not just gonna sit there and take no for an answer,” DeSantis said in a press conference. “We’re gonna figure out what we can do, so that’s what we’re doing today.”
“We wanna cut through bureaucracy. We wanna bring relief to impacted Floridians regardless of whether FEMA wants to be a part of that.”
JUST IN: Gov. Ron DeSantis says Biden Administration’s FEMA denied emergency funds request, says state will provide $25 million for supplies to repair damage homes affected by Hurricane Ian
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) December 5, 2022
The Biden administration has given Florida over $2 billion in federal grants, disaster loans and flood insurance payments, including $710 million to households and $322 million to the state for emergency response.
Hurricane Ian killed 109 people in 19 different Florida counties. The deaths occurred between September 27 and 30, and the primary cause of the deaths was drowning, according to ABC News. The Category 5 storm enacted $67 million of damage, according to October 7 estimates.
The Daily Caller contacted FEMA and did not receive a response by publication.