May 20, 2024
Florida first lady Casey DeSantis has been active touring the state in support of first responders amid the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

Florida first lady Casey DeSantis has been active touring the state in support of first responders amid the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

The state’s first lady visited the First Responder Base Camp in Lee County, Florida, earlier this week to distribute meals to and meet with those who are helping with the hurricane recovery and response.

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“I am proud of Florida’s first responders and fortunate to have the opportunity to say thank you,” DeSantis said. “They have been on the front lines since the moment Hurricane Ian impacted southwest Florida. They have rescued, comforted, and strengthened great Floridians devastated by the hurricane, and I commend them for their dedication and courage.”

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Florida first lady Casey DeSantis visited the First Responder Base Camp in Lee County, Florida to help distribute meals and meet with first responders aiding in Hurricane Ian recovery and response, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.
(Credit: Office of Gov. Ron DeSantis)

DeSantis announced resources to help first responders with mental health needs.

“We know the ripple effects of a disaster go beyond physical destruction to include grief and distress in a community, and those serving on the front lines of Florida’s communities have the full support from our state, including the mental health aspects of recovery,” she said.

DeSantis has also praised the generosity of those who donated to the Florida Disaster Fund, noting that nearly $35 million in donations had been raised within the first five days of activation.

“The support for Florida has been incredible, and the governor and I are appreciative for help from across the country,” DeSantis said. “As we’ve traveled the state to assess damage, we’ve encountered resilient and strong Floridians who are ready to get back to normal. This $35 million will help with those recovery and rebuilding efforts.”

She also worked with the Florida National Guard on Pine Island on Monday, delivering food and water to those who were unable to reach the mainland.

“While we are working to restore ground transportation and utilities, the National Guard and first responders have supported the community every step of the way,” DeSantis said. “The governor and I are grateful for their service.”

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On Wednesday, the governor’s office and the Florida Department of Transportation announced road and bridge repairs for Pine Island had been completed in less than three days.

DeSantis also joined her husband, Gov. Ron DeSantis, President Joe Biden, and first lady Jill Biden on Wednesday as they toured parts of Florida affected by Ian.

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