TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — FEMA has approved $1,732,106 to the state of Florida to assist Blountstown with reimbursement for the costs of debris removal following Hurricane Michael under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.
FEMA funds will reimburse the city for the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris within Blountstown 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 (FDEM) 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 DEM, FEMA obligates funding for the project.
Once a project is obligated by FEMA, FDEM works closely with the applicant to finalize the grant and begin making payments. FDEM 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.
FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.
For a list of resources available to individuals and businesses affected by Hurricane Michael, visit www.floridadisaster.org/info.
For more Hurricane Michael recovery information, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4399.
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