ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $18,666,746 for the State of Florida to help the Florida Department of Health defray the costs of responding to Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.
FEMA funds will reimburse the Department of Health for emergency measures performed throughout the state between Sept. 4 and Oct. 3, 2017. During that time period department employees and contractors coordinated the deployment of personnel, the procurement and distribution of bottled water, hand sanitizer, mosquito spray, tetanus vaccines, rubber boots and gloves, and other goods to reduce immediate threats to public health. They also provided flood clean-up information, staffing for 94 special needs shelters—which sheltered more than 10,000 special needs clients—and coordinated the movement/evacuation of patients and the assessment of healthcare facilities.
Funding for this Public Assistance (PA) project is authorized under Sections 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act for Florida to cover Hurricane Irma-related expenses, 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. The Florida Division of Emergency Management 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 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.