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FEMA Awards Nearly $890,000 in Public Assistance Grants

Release date: 
July 1, 2019
Release Number: 
R4 DR-4399-FL NR 135

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — FEMA has approved $889,896 to the State of Florida to assist 20 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 June 18, 2019, the awards are:

  • City of Alford – $144,761 for repairs to damaged roads and ditches throughout the city
  • City of Bonifay – $12,229 for repairs to lift stations at two wastewater treatment plants
  • City of Chipley – $57,219 to repair water leaks across the city and make repairs to roads in the city’s Ward 1
  • City of DeFuniak Springs – $6,340 for emergency protective measures
  • City of Marianna – $6,438 for repairs to Sunland Elevated Water Tank light pole, breaker door, antenna and reader on tank and fencing
  • City of Mexico Beach – $375,339 for management costs
  • Department of Business and Professional Regulation – $12,276 for repairs to vehicles damaged at the office in Tallahassee
  • Franklin County – $7,776 for repairs to several buildings, including the old jail, scale house and office and the mobile office for the city’s solid waste and recycling department
  • Franklin County Sheriff’s Office – $11,474 for emergency protective measures
  • Holmes County – $7,299 for emergency protective measures
  • Holmes County Sheriff’s Office – $1,077 for emergency protective measures
  • Justice Administrative Commission – $68,759 for repairs to vehicles damaged at the office in Panama City
  • Liberty County – $2,760 for repairs to the historic multipurpose church building
  • Martin Theatre Inc. in Panama City – $7,279 for management costs
  • Talquin Electric Cooperative – $118,955 for management costs
  • Town of Campbellton – $617 for management costs
  • Town of Wausau – $18,938 for emergency protective measures
  • Trinity Holiness Church in Southport – $9,808 for debris removal
  • Wakulla County – $3,187 for repairs to the elevator at the Wakulla Welcome Center
  • Walton County – $17,365 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 FDEM, FEMA obligates funding for the project.


To date, FEMA has obligated a total of $208 million in federal funding for Public Assistance projects related to Hurricane Michael in Florida.



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Last Updated: 
July 1, 2019 - 15:31