TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- More than $38 million in recent Florida hurricane and storm damage assistance has been approved to date for residents, business owners and governmental entities by the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Federal Coordinating Officer Paul W. Fay, Jr., said $536,824 of that was assistance for flood and tornado damages of Tropical Storm Mitch in the Key Largo area of Monroe county and in Palm Beach County. Included was $318,658 for temporary housing and minimal home repair, $47,066 for individual and family grants and $171,100 for Small Business Administration (SBA)loans.
Georges was declared a major disaster Sept. 28 and Mitch was declared Nov. 6. Since the declaration for the hurricane, 15,526 individuals and business owners have registered for aid in the 12 counties in the Panhandle and Monroe County which were designated eligible for individual assistance. More than 715 have sought aid in Monroe and Palm Beach counties in the Mitch declaration.
Other Hurricane Georges fund approvals to date include the following:
- $8.1 million for temporary housing and funds for minimal home repairs in the counties including: Bay, $88,918; Escambia, $935,032; Franklin, $13,190; Gadsden, $11,786; Gulf, $8,608; Holmes, $43,782; Monroe, $5,309,163; Okaloosa, $882,315; Santa Rosa, $580,318; Suwannee, $15,170; Walton, $191,539; Washington, $57,788.
- Nearly $3.5 million for individual and family grants for necessary expenses for persons not covered by insurance and not eligible for government loans. By county, the grants are: Escambia, $474,350; Franklin, $2,235; Gadsden, $4,789; Gulf, $7,655; Holmes, $16,951; Monroe, $2,021,487; Okaloosa, $461,564; Santa Rosa, $342,352; Suwannee, $57,978; Walton, $43,815; Washington, $7,781.
- Approximately $100,000 for Crisis counseling (Monroe County) and $22,471 for disaster unemployment assistance.
- Nearly $5 million for public assistance to governmental entities and certain eligible private, non-profit organizations. This is for such things as debris removal, emergency services, road and bridge repairs, and for repair or replacement of public buildings and utilities.