Government and Politics
October 6, 2022From: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Tallahassee, FL — On Oct 2nd, Governor Ron DeSantis visited North Port and Arcadia to give updates on the response effort, survey impacted areas, distribute hot meals, and meet with survivors in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. To watch the Governor’s remarks, here, here, and here.
To provide relief and aid recovery efforts in Sarasota County, 20 Starlink receivers have been deployed for use by first responders at the County Emergency Operations Center and for use by residents at POD sites. The state continues to work to get generators to gas stations in the county.
To provide relief and aid in recover efforts in DeSoto county, Starlink receivers are being sent to POD sites for cellular service, and Governor DeSantis emphasized the importance of early debris removal to ensure 100% reimbursement of costs for these services.
In order to ensure that residents in need are able to reach resources, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) is assessing all fueling stations in the City of Arcadia, in DeSoto County, for fueling capabilities and working to place generators to restore power in the area. Additionally, FDEM has delivered a mobile fuel tanker to be refilled as needed with unleaded and diesel gasoline operating from sunrise to sunset and providing fuel to residents in DeSoto county. Cars will receive 10 gallons per vehicle, trucks/SUVs will get 15 and only credit or debit is accepted for payment.
DeSoto and Sarasota counties been approved for Individual Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For those in need of individual and household assistance, visit DisasterAssistance.Gov or call 1-800-621-3362.
Additionally, FDEM and the Florida National Guard have established nine Points of Distribution (PODs) across DeSoto, Hardee and Sarasota counties to provide residents with food, water and ice: