Escambia Writes Directly To Trump Seeking Individual Assistance

September 26, 2020

The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners, the City of Pensacola Mayor and local state delegation members have sent a letter to the President of the United States requesting FEMA Individual Disaster Assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally. The Florida Panhandle was hit with a Category 2 hurricane on Sept. 16, 2020 with over 105 mph sustained wind, gusts up to 123 mph, over 30 inches of rain and water inundation as high as 15 feet in the Perdido Key area.

President Trump has declared a major disaster exists in Florida from Hurricane Sally, including Escambia County, Florida, for all public assistance, including direct federal assistance, for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. Individual assistance is still under review. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state as warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Escambia County residents that have sustained damage to their home or business are asked to email photos of the damage, along with their address or neighborhood and a brief description of the damage (200 words or less) to  Include the address or neighborhood in the subject line.

To read the letter to Trump, click or tap here.


19 Responses to “Escambia Writes Directly To Trump Seeking Individual Assistance”

  1. Carlos E McGugin on September 29th, 2020 9:01 am

    Dean, Trump has paid tens of millions of dollars in “personal taxes” to the federal government over the years. How about you? He lost millions on his Casinos and rightly deserves to write those and other losses off.

  2. Adam Evans on September 28th, 2020 1:19 pm

    Susan, the rules we are playing by now were put into effect in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy. They were put into effect by Obama and the Democrats.

  3. Susan on September 28th, 2020 11:30 am

    Nice try.
    Following your cite link, the FEMA site states the Governor of a state must request the help before the President can give it. Seeing that it falls back on a Republican Governor, the ball is still in their court. Remember that in November.

  4. cdpjr on September 28th, 2020 8:14 am

    The Red Cross is offering financial assistance to those that lost or had substantial damage to their homes. Just call 1-800- RED -CROSS.
    Unwadd your panties and stop blaming Trump for YOUR problems.
    Pull up your boot straps and do a little something for yourselves.
    I know people that lost or almost lost their homes and they aren’t sitting around complaining and wanting someone to come fix it. They are getting to work to do what they can and getting help from friends and neighbors. Help will come but you have to get busy doing what you can as well.
    Complaining and blaming Trump isn’t getting anything done.

  5. Dean on September 28th, 2020 3:41 am

    Maybe he will send Escambia county the $750 he paid in income taxes of you beg him enough!

  6. pencil on September 27th, 2020 10:53 pm

    I don’t want to hear anything about what Trump can’t do, he routinely runs over policy, procedure and laws when its advantageous to enhancing his own agenda.

    FEMA is an agency directly under his control and if he wasn’t focusing on his reelection campaign and draining the national treasury, he could make a single phone call and help every one of us out immediately.

    He’s paying as much attention to us as he did to the virus in January and mark my words he’ll soon be raving about how quickly he helped us out.

  7. uninsured on September 27th, 2020 10:00 pm

    Obviously lots of flood damage to houses along the coast, Bristol Park subdivision and elsewhere. The solution seems just as obvious – don’t buy a house in a flood zone. Hope president Trump sends everyone this message written on a piece of paper.

  8. Barbara Taylor on September 27th, 2020 1:00 pm

    Mr. President it will be greatly appreciated if you grant escambia county individual assistance from the damage that Hurricane Sally enforced upound the county we really need that extra help. Thank you and God bless you and your family.

  9. mat on September 27th, 2020 6:48 am

    Thank You for the information.
    I did not know that.

  10. Adam Evans on September 26th, 2020 11:17 pm

    Ms. Pettigrew, do you own or rent?

  11. Sheila Smith on September 26th, 2020 10:00 pm

    You need to contact your Home Insurance agent right away and they will get back to you as soon as possible. Car damaged contact your Auto Insurance, it’s catastrophic and it does not go against you. If your a Renter always carry that insurance too.

  12. dreamboat annie on September 26th, 2020 9:51 pm

    thank you for that information Jason

  13. dreamboat annie on September 26th, 2020 8:31 pm

    President Trump is very caring for ALL american citizens.. I feel certain he will approve the request for individual assistance.

  14. Jason on September 26th, 2020 6:46 pm

    @Mat, under the current FEMA rules – amended following Hurricane Sandy – there are restrictions as to what aid the POTUS can provide. One of the restrictions is on individual aid. I encourage you to read the FEMA rules on disasters assistance. These rules apply to all disasters and to every municipality and state.

    Hurricane Sandy occurred in 2012. So when November comes around, I too encourage you to remember why folks haven’t received individual assistance.

  15. Mat on September 26th, 2020 4:20 pm

    Escambia County residents have always shown
    support for Pres. Trump at his rallies.

    It is time for him to show support for the residents of Escambia County.

    Remember his response to this when you go to vote in November.

  16. James tool on September 26th, 2020 1:07 pm

    What kind assistance you get from fema with this individual declaration?

  17. Eileen Pettigrew on September 26th, 2020 12:50 pm

    I live in Carver Hights! My house has a huge live oak on top of it. I still don’t have power. I have 3 children and my elderly father living with me. I have begged and pleaded with all these numbers that were given to me. I get wat people are saying just move! Well if I had the money to move I would have already! The help of the people around me has kept us fed and had a fan ran on us. We need help please.

  18. Concerned Citizen on September 26th, 2020 12:33 pm

    Really hoping that Trump helps out with the individual assistance. I received my SNAP-EBT (foodstamps) about 2 days before the hurricane hit and what little food we were able to get went bad during the hurricane. We would be starving if it weren’t for these MRE’s. Stay safe everyone.

  19. Denny on September 26th, 2020 11:24 am

    My cousin said the eye of the hurricane passed over her house by Big Lagoon. I was 4 miles east of her and lost my house due to downed trees hitting it, and tons of trees are down throughout the entire neighborhood.

    Alabama counties to the west and north of ours get FEMA assistance but we don’t even though we were on the “bad” side of the storm. I guess Washington thinks all home damage magically stopped at the state line.

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