Sens. Rick Scott & Marco Rubio Urge Senate Appropriators to Provide Assistance for Florida's Recovery from Major Hurricane Ian

September 30, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio sent a letter to Senators Patrick Leahy and Richard Shelby, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, requesting their support in developing a disaster supplemental to provide much needed assistance to Florida as Floridians recover from Major Hurricane Ian.


In the wake of Hurricane Ian, Senator Rick Scott continues to work tirelessly; fighting for Floridians to get the necessary resources as the state recovers. Earlier this week, Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, along with all members of the Florida Congressional Delegation, sent a letter to President Biden in support of Florida’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration due to Hurricane Ian that continues to cause catastrophic conditions across the state. President Biden approved the request. Read the full letter HERE.


See Senator Scott's Hurricane Preparedness Information webpage HERE. Senator Scott urges Floridians impacted by the storm to remain indoors until local officials determine conditions are safe. Stay up-to-date with information from your local Emergency Management officials. Impacted Floridians should not return home until the area is declared to be safe by local officials. Read more from FEMA about returning home HERE. See the latest on Hurricane 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 30, 2022


Dear Chairman Leahy and Vice Chairman Shelby:


            As our constituents and state begin the long recovery from Major Hurricane Ian’s destruction, we request your support in developing a disaster supplemental to provide much needed assistance to Florida.


            Hurricane Ian will be remembered and studied as one of the most devastating hurricanes to hit the United States.  Communities across Florida have been completely destroyed, and lives have been forever changed.  A robust and timely federal response, including through supplemental programs and funding, will be required to ensure that sufficient resources are provided to rebuild critical infrastructure and public services capacity, and to assist our fellow Floridians in rebuilding their lives.  These provisions must be made a priority and considered at the earliest opportunity.


            We look forward to working with you to develop and secure the resources that are desperately needed to rebuild our communities in both Florida and Puerto Rico, which was impacted by Hurricane Fiona.  Thank you for your attention to this important matter.