With Ross' Help, FEMA Declares Disaster Relief for Polk County
LAKELAND, Fla. – Sept. 13, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, provided the following statement after FEMA declared Polk County is now included in the Individual Assistance declaration for Hurricane Irma:
“I am incredibly thrilled to announce that FEMA has officially declared Polk County is now included in the Individual Assistance declaration for Hurricane Irma. This declaration will allow individuals in Polk County impacted by the hurricane to receive recovery support and disaster assistance. The people of Polk County desperately need this relief. Folks have lost everything and have suffered so much. I thank FEMA for quickly acting on this declaration.
“Since before Hurricane Irma made landfall, I have been fighting tirelessly to ensure those in my district and throughout the entire state of Florida are safe and have the resources and information needed to protect themselves. I have spoken to FEMA every day, multiple times a day, for nearly a week now to assess the status of and fight for relief for my district and the counties I represent.
“I also want to thank all of the constituents who sent pictures of hurricane damage to their homes, properties and communities to provide proof of the immediate need for this relief. I will continue fighting for the people of District 15. There is much work to be done on this road to recovery, but we are resilient and we will overcome, and this declaration is the first step to this recovery. May God continue to watch over and bless us all.”