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FEMA Awards Nearly $670,000 in Public Assistance Grants

Release date: 
May 13, 2019
Release Number: 
R4 DR-4399-FL NR 127

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — FEMA has approved $669,789 to the State of Florida to assist 17 eligible applicants with reimbursement for eligible costs of debris removal, emergency protective measures, temporary facilities and permanent repairs for Hurricane Michael under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.


The following projects have been obligated by FEMA to the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) to help applicants with reimbursement for eligible costs incurred due to Hurricane Michael.


As of May 8, 2019, the awards are:

  • City of Alford – $5,782 for repairs to signage citywide
  • City of Greensboro – $4,491 for emergency protective measures
  • City of Madison – $6,604 for emergency protective measures
  • City of Malone – $9,719 for repairs to sewer lift station
  • City of Panama City Beach – $333,435 for debris removal
  • Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center – $35,216 for debris removal
  • Ingathering Worship Center – $7,023 for emergency protective measures
  • Jackson County – $62,735 for temporary facility to relocate courthouse
  • Jefferson County – $13,586 for repairs to Landfill Road
  • Liberty County Sheriff’s Office – $77,884 for emergency protective measures
  • Marianna First United Methodist Church – $28,900 for emergency protective measures
  • Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office – $8,460 for management costs
  • Taylor County – $11,777 for emergency protective measures
  • Town of Altha – $4,500 for repairs to library
  • Town of Wausau – $15,619 for repairs to Dalton Carter Park and George Rogers Recreation Complex
  • Victory Tabernacle – $8,019 for emergency protective measures
  • Walton County Sheriff’s Office – $36,039 for emergency protective measures


FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program is an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency. FDEM works with FEMA during all phases of the PA program and conducts final reviews of FEMA-approved projects.


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.


FEMA has numerous other projects that have been identified under the Public Assistance program for Hurricane Michael and is working extensively with all applicants. The timeline for other projects being obligated depends on the complexity of the projects, collection of supporting documentation by the applicants, environmental and historical laws, regulations and other concerns.


Applicants provide FEMA with thorough documentation to support damage claims. Following approvals by FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management, FEMA obligates funding for the project.


To date, FEMA has obligated a total of more than $150 million in federal funding for Public Assistance projects related to Hurricane Michael in Florida.



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Last Updated: 
May 13, 2019 - 12:50