PANAMA CITY, Fla. — FEMA has approved $34,010,998 to reimburse the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) for the costs of emergency protective measures taken following Hurricane Michael.
FEMA funds will reimburse FDEM for actions to remove the immediate threat to public health and safety, such as debris clearance from roads throughout disaster areas, as well as providing emergency operations centers in Orlando and Tallahassee following the October 2018 storm.
FEMA has already approved $50 million for FDEM’s Hurricane Michael-related expenses bringing the total to more than $84 million.
This grant is funded by FEMA’s Public Assistance program, 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 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, tribal and local governments, and certain private nonprofit 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 www.floridadisaster.org/info. For more Hurricane Michael recovery information, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4399. Follow FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Twitter at @FEMARegion4 and @FLSERT. You may also visit FEMA and the Division’s Facebook pages at Facebook.com/FEMA and Facebook.com/FloridaSERT.