WASHINGTON, D.C. - We’re seeing the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. Homes in Florida are destroyed, streets are flooded and rescuers struggle to reach people who are stranded.  

While the toll of this storm is still being assessed, the storm brought in catastrophic flooding which has stranded many people, making it very difficult for rescuers to reach. President Biden visited the FEMA headquarters in D.C., he has designated Florida as a major disaster area which should help people with the recovery efforts. The FEMA administrator said they have the money and the resources to move forward in the response phase but they are still warning people who might be stranded or still in a hazard area that the aftermath of this storm can still be very dangerous.  

“There is a lot of water in the area,” said Deanne Criswell, FEMA Administrator. “It has debris, it has hazardous chemicals, there could be downed power lines, people need to take extra care. I would say what we see often is we have an increase of indirect fatalities after a storm because there are so many hazards that are out there.”  

This storm has now been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm and it’s moving up along the east coast where heavy rains and wind can still cause problems. A lot of the recovery efforts come from coordinating between federal, state and local offices. President Biden has shut down questions about his relationship with Florida's governor Ron DeSantis (R- FL) saying they’re irrelevant in the context of the storm. Biden also added that the Florida governor has thanked him for the immediate response in saving people’s lives, homes and businesses.