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FEMA Awards State Highway Dept. $10.7M for Hurricane Michael Expenses

Release date: 
October 31, 2019
Release Number: 
R4 DR-4399-FL NR 172


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — FEMA has approved $10,743,530 to reimburse the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for the cost of emergency protective measures after Hurricane Michael.


This grant reimburses the department for response and recovery efforts statewide, such as assisting with regional evacuations, implementing traffic control measures, providing aviation assets,
facilitating communications and securing the movement of hazardous materials during and after 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. Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) works with FEMA during all phases of the PA program and reviews projects prior to FEMA final approval.


Applicants work directly with FEMA to develop projects and scopes of work. FEMA obligates funding for projects after final approval.


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


FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state, local and tribal governments, and certain private non-profit organizations, including houses of worship, so 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

For more Hurricane Michael recovery information, visit

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Last Updated: 
October 31, 2019 - 13:16