The lack of non-damaged affordable housing combined with high rental occupancy rates made temporary housing options extremely limited when Hurricanes Ian and Nicole impacted Florida. FEMA implemented its Direct Housing Program in seven counties that provided several options to address these issues; however, the program is challenged in providing timely and sufficient resources to meet expected demand. To address this shortfall, Florida offered another option to disaster survivors through the Non-Congregate Shelter Program. Here speakers from FDEM overseeing this Program describe the pre-planning and implementation of this program, what it was able to accomplish, lessons learned and best practices.
Organized by Ian Guidicelli