Florida is a uniquely beautiful state — one that often finds itself in the crosshairs of destructive hurricanes. When disaster strikes, Senator Marco Rubio and his team are ready. They are on the ground to assist Floridians and fight in Washington to ensure the state receives necessary federal recovery funds.
In 2017, as Marco rode out Hurricane Irma, he was making plans for his staff to host comprehensive recovery assistance centers (RACs) that would connect Floridians with the federal resources they needed to rebuild. All told, Marco’s team helped more than 10,000 Floridians who came to a RAC seeking assistance. He also secured billions of dollars to assist in rebuilding.
A year later, when category 5 Hurricane Michael devastated Northwest Florida, Marco and his team jumped into action. As his team went door to door, Marco pushed supplemental disaster relief legislation through Congress that included approximately $380 million in relief for timber growers in the Florida Panhandle. He also secured funding to rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base and increased federal reimbursement rates to localities and electric cooperatives for debris cleanup, extra security measures, building repair, and mitigation projects.
And in 2020, Marco was in Northwest Florida once again days after Hurricane Sally’s landfall and helped secure federal relief for counties in the region, including FEMA Individual Assistance for individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Sally.
Marco also worked with the administration and his colleagues to make sure resources were available for our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico after the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria, and he worked closely with local officials when Hurricane Dorian devastated parts of the Bahamas.