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FEMA Awards $16.1 Million for Hurricane Irma Recovery in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has awarded grants totaling $16,100,934 for the State of Florida to reimburse applicants for the costs of emergency response following Hurricane Irma in 2017. ­­­­

The FEMA Public Assistance program grants include:

  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools: $8,008,513 for emergency measures including temporary fencing, emergency pumping for lift stations, mold remediation and debris removal from public roads, property and rights-of-way.
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools: $2,362,130 for emergency measures including the costs of labor, equipment, materials and contracts to operate 44 shelters for storm evacuees.
  • Broward County: $2,047,482 for emergency measures including the costs of labor, equipment, materials, evacuation, debris clearance and power restoration.
  • Florida Keys Electrical Co-Op (Base Camp Marathon): $1,902,451 for emergency measures including lodging, meals, direct administrative costs and other expenses in preparation for the storm.
  • Florida Keys Electrical Co-Op (Base Camp Islamorada): $1,780,358 for emergency measures including lodging, meals, direct administrative costs and other expenses in preparation for the storm.

The program provides grants to state, tribal and local governments, and certain types of private nonprofit organizations, including some houses of worship, so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies. The Florida Division of Emergency Management works with FEMA during all phases of the program and conducts final reviews of FEMA-approved projects.

The federal share for Public Assistance projects is not less than 75 percent of the eligible cost. The state determines how the nonfederal share of the cost of a project (up to 25 percent) is split with the subrecipients like local and county governments.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

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