Sens. Rick Scott & Marco Rubio Urge Biden to Approve Florida's Pre-Landfall Emergency Declaration Request Ahead of Ian

September 24, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio sent a letter to President Biden in support of Florida’s request for a federal pre-landfall disaster declaration in anticipation of Ian. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasts Ian to become a major hurricane that could impact Florida as early as Wednesday, September 28.


Senator Scott encourages all Floridians to visit his website at to get prepared today. See the latest on Tropical Storm Ian from the National Hurricane Center at or @NHC_Atlantic on Twitter, and from the Florida Division of Emergency Management at or @FLSERT on Twitter.


Read the full letter HERE or below.


September 24, 2022



The Honorable Joe Biden


The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20500


Dear President Biden:


We write in support of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration due to Tropical Storm Ian, which is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane and impact Florida in the coming days.


Ensuring that the state has access to the federal resources it needs is imperative to protecting Floridians, property, and our communities. As such, we request that you promptly approve Governor DeSantis’ request for a pre-landfall emergency declaration.


Thank you for your prompt attention to this important matter.