Joe Biden, along with various members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), traveled to Florida to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Idalia. He met with local officials in impacted communities to get a better understanding of the damage and the needs of residents that they are currently facing. He also heard directly from those affected by the hurricane and committed to providing additional assistance from the federal government to help Floridians recover.
FEMA Administrator Peter T. Gaynor accompanied Biden and gave an overview on the severe weather and the efforts that FEMA has undertaken so far to help those affected. This included providing meals, water, tarps, generators, and other relief supplies.
Despite Governor Ron DeSantis not being present, many state officials were on hand to discuss ways to expedite the recovery process. State officials expressed their willingness to work with the FEMA to help ensure the needs of those affected are adequately addressed. Biden’s trip highlighted his commitment to working with all stakeholders, including the state, local governments, and members of the public, and to ensure that those affected by the storm receive the necessary resources to begin the recovery process.