ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $1,513,661 for the State of Florida to help the City of Coral Gables defray the costs of responding to Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.
FEMA funds will reimburse the county for emergency protective measures enacted between Sept. 4, and Oct. 3, 2017. During that time period, steps were taken to protect public health, life and safety throughout the City of Coral Gables. These steps included providing security for immediate threats to the health and safety of the general public, and contract services repairing necessary emergency systems; and standing up an emergency operations center for response to rescue, road clearing and fire emergencies.
FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program is an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency. The Florida Division of Emergency Management works with FEMA during all phases of the PA program and conducts final reviews of FEMA-approved projects.
Applicants work directly with FEMA to develop project worksheets and scopes of work. Following approvals by FEMA and FDEM, FEMA obligates funding for the project.
FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state, tribal, and local governments, and certain types of private non-profit organizations including some houses of worship, so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.
The federal share for Public Assistance projects is not less than 75 percent of the eligible cost. The state determines how the non-federal share of the cost of a project (up to 25 percent) is split with the sub-recipients like local and county governments.
FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.