Florida Governor Rick Scott Sends Letter to FEMA’s Craig Fugate on the Federal Denial of Hurricane Isaac Major Disaster Declaration

Sep 20, 2012


Florida Governor Rick Scott sent a letter today, September 20, 2012, to Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator (“FEMA”) Craig Fugate regarding FEMA’s denial of Florida’s request for a disaster declaration as a result of Hurricane Isaac in late August.

Governor Scott’s letter is reprinted below.


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September 20, 2012

The Honorable W. Craig Fugate
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
500 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20472


Dear Administrator Fugate:

We are in receipt of your letter dated September 19, 2012, regarding the denial of our request for a presidential major disaster declaration for the State of Florida as a result of Hurricane Isaac in late August.

The initial request filed on September 10, 2012 requested Public Assistance for Bay, Collier, Escambia, Monroe, Okaloosa, Palm Beach and Santa Rosa counties. The original declaration request was for $26.8 million, meeting the required threshold of $25 million.

We agree with the request of Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and Florida U.S. Congressman Alcee Hastings who also sent a letter to the President on September 12, 2012 expressing their support for the major disaster declaration. 

Today, I asked the Division of Emergency Management to appeal the denial to ensure Florida communities have the full capability to recover from Isaac’s damage. In addition to the seven original counties requested, the appeal will also include Broward, Franklin and Martin counties, where estimated damage is now nearly $10 million. This brings the total statewide initial damage figure for the ten counties to $36.7 million.  A formal appeal will be sent to your office detailing information on the following damage estimates:


Bay                             $2,968,392
Collier                         $1,331,371
Escambia                     $10,422,367
Monroe                        $888,098
Okaloosa                     $4,050,000
Palm Beach                  $6,017,636
Santa Rosa                  $1,201,000
Original Total                     $26,878,864


Additional Counties:
Broward                  $6,117,418
Franklin                  $139,086
Martin                    $3,570,875
Additional Total        $9,827,379





Rick Scott




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