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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Florida’s Disaster Fund – meant to aid those impacted by Hurricane Matthew – is now activated.

The fund – activated by Florida Governor Rick Scott – provides financial aid to communities in the state during times of response and recovery after a disaster like Hurricane Matthew that skirted the East coast, causing devastation to parts of Florida.

“Many families and businesses were impacted by Hurricane Matthew, and we are fully committed to ensuring every resource is available to help them. Activating the Florida Disaster Fund will give individuals across the country the opportunity to help those in need as we begin the recovery process following this storm. I continue to encourage all Floridians to look out for each other and work together to help our beautiful communities rebuild,” said Scott.

As of Monday, about 169,252 customers remained without power throughout the state. Each county affected continues to assess the damage caused by the storm.

The federal government has approved parts of the governor’s request for a major disaster declaration for the state. The approved declaration covers debris removal and emergency protective measures in the following counties: Duval, Flagler, Brevard, Nassau, Volusia, Indian River, St. Johns and St. Lucie.

As for the private fund – Florida’s Disaster Fund – it’s administered by the Volunteer Florida Foundation. Those wanting to make a contribution to help those affected by the hurricane in Florida can click here.

One hundred percent of the funds raised go toward those in need. Donations made are tax-deductible.


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