Florida’s director of emergency management outlines hurricane recovery, federal assistance

Kevin Guthrie joins Justin Warmoth on ‘The Weekly’

ORLANDO, Fla. – Hurricane season is officially over, but the impacts from Ian and Nicole will linger for years to come.

Kevin Guthrie, Florida’s director of emergency management, sat down with anchor Justin Warmoth on “The Weekly” to discuss the recovery process and the additional federal assistance on the way for Central Florida.

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“Federal funding from FEMA is a stopgap,” Guthrie stressed. “It is not insurance. It is not going to make you whole. I don’t want people to think they’re going to get a huge check from FEMA that’s going to make them whole and going to repair all of their seawalls.”

Guthrie said ten counties were requested to receive public assistance to help with Hurricane Nicole damage, six of which include individual assistance. Brevard, Volusia and Flagler counties were all included in the request.

“Once we get the individual assistance, we want people to sign up,” Guthrie said. “Even if you signed up for Hurricane Ian, you need to sign up for Hurricane Nicole. You may be eligible for the same amounts of money in both disasters.”

Watch the full interview in the video player above.


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Justin Warmoth joined News 6 in February 2013 as our Brevard County reporter. In March of 2016, after anchoring the weekend mornings since August of 2015, Justin was promoted to weekday morning anchor. You can catch him Monday through Friday mornings from 5-7 a.m. and at noon.