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FEMA Awards Bay County $18.5 Million for Hurricane Michael Expenses

Release date: 
April 12, 2019
Release Number: 
R4-DR-4399-FL NR 110

Tallahassee, Fla. – FEMA has approved $18,585,398 to the state of Florida to assist Bay County with reimbursement for the costs of debris removal following Hurricane Michael under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

FEMA funds will reimburse the county for the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris within Bay County following the October 2018 storm.

The grant is funded by FEMA’s Public Assistance program, an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency. The Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) works with FEMA during all phases of the program and conducts final reviews of FEMA-approved projects.

Applicants work directly with FEMA to develop projects and scopes of work. Following approvals by FEMA and the DEM, FEMA obligates funding for the project.

Once a project is obligated by FEMA, DEM works closely with the applicant to finalize the grant and begin making payments. DEM has implemented new procedures designed to ensure grant funding is provided to local communities as quickly as possible.

This project is funded at 100 percent federal cost share.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state, tribal, and local governments, and certain types of private non-profit organizations, including houses of worship, so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.

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Last Updated: 
April 12, 2019 - 08:04