ORLANDO, Fla. – Nearly seven months after Hurricane Dorian swept north along the east coast of the Sunshine State, federal funding approved to help communities defray response and infrastructure repair costs has topped $1 million.
In total, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance program has provided $1,258,511 in grants to state and local governments and certain non-profits – including houses of worship – recovering from the 2019 hurricane. This amount includes:
- $16,812.67 for debris removal and disposal
- $1,223,733.35 for emergency measures to protect life, safety and public property.
- $4,650 for repairing water control facilities like canals and stormwater systems
- $13,314.69 for administrative/management costs
Public Assistance reimburses eligible applicants for the cost of responding to a disaster and repairing or replacing damaged or destroyed infrastructure. On Oct. 21, 2019 the federal government authorized reimbursement for emergency response, debris removal, and infrastructure related for Brevard, Broward, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Martin, Nassau, Osceola, Palm Beach, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie and Volusia Counties.
FEMA continues to work closely with the Florida Division of Emergency Management and all remaining eligible applicants to complete the grant submission process under the PA program.
This includes helping applicants gather and submit required documentation to justify reimbursement claims for Irma-related damage. FDEM then reviews and submits completed documentation to FEMA, which completes the review process – and if approved – provides funding to FDEM for distribution to the applicant.
The federal share for PA 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.
To find out more about FEMA’s Public Assistance program visit https://go.usa.gov/xva3b.
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