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FEMA Awards Kissimmee Utility Authority More Than $1 Million To Repair Power System

Release date: 
February 4, 2020
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ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved $1,089,255 for the State of Florida to help the Kissimmee Utility Authority defray the costs associated with repairing utility facilities damaged by Hurricane Irma.

FEMA funds will reimburse KUA for repairs conducted between Sept. 4 and Oct. 18, 2017. During that time period utility authority and contract workers replaced 16 power poles, 16 pole-mounted transformers, 25 vapor lights, and 5,000 feet of electric wire throughout Osceola County. In addition, KUA installed 500 feet of fiber-optic telecommunication line to the Osceola County Emergency Operations Center.

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.



FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.

Last Updated: 
February 21, 2020 - 17:43