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FEMA Awards Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority More Than $1.6 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses

Release date: 
September 10, 2019
Release Number: 
R4 DR-4337-FL NR 355

Orlando, Fla. – The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County will receive a $1,629,623.19 grant through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program to help defray the costs of debris removal in response to Hurricane Irma.

On August 23, 2019 the President approved a cost share adjustment authorizing federal funding for Public Assistance at 90 percent of total eligible costs under FEMA-4337-DR-FL declared for Hurricane Irma. The $1.6 million represents an additional 10 percent for the project, previously awarded at 82 percent of eligible costs.

FEMA encourages local governments to establish a Debris Management Plan (DMP) for managing debris in an expeditious, efficient and environmentally sound manner. When the applicant has both a FEMA-accepted DMP as well as pre-qualified debris removal contractors before the start of a federally declared disaster, the applicant may request a one-time incentive of a two percent increased federal cost share for debris removal activities.

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County had a FEMA-accepted DMP so the federal cost share for this project was awarded at a 92% federal cost share.  

Funding for this Public Assistance (PA) project is authorized under Sections 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act, reimbursing eligible applicants for the cost of debris removal; life-saving emergency protective measures; and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged facilities like buildings, roads and utilities.

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.

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

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

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

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Last Updated: 
September 10, 2019 - 15:36