Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced that President Bush has ordered
the release of federal disaster funds and emergency resources to aid people affected by Hurricane Frances. The declaration makes federal and state assistance available to individuals, families and local governments.
Emergency assistance under the declaration can range from the use of federal personnel, equipment and lifesaving systems to the delivery of heavy-duty generators, plastic sheeting, tents, cots, food, water, medical aid and other essential supplies and materials for sustaining human life.
The assistance, to be coordinated by FEMA, can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other eligible disaster-related expenses. Low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration will also be available to cover eligible residential and business losses not covered by insurance.
Currently, the declaration covers Brevard, Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties for individual assistance. Other counties may be designated at a later time after Hurricane Frances passes through the state.
All 67 county governments are eligible to apply for federal assistance toward the costs of debris removal and emergency services related to the storm.
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