PANAMA CITY, Fla. — FEMA has approved an additional four projects totaling $10,957,490 for the state of Florida to reimburse Bay District Schools for Hurricane Michael recovery work.
Grant funds reimburse Bay District Schools for permanent repairs to Jinks Middle School, Springfield Elementary School and Tyndall Elementary School. Additionally, funds cover the costs of hurricane damaged contents at Merritt Brown Middle School, such as desks, chairs and file cabinets.
FEMA has already approved $50.7 million for Bay District School’s Hurricane Michael-related expenses bringing the total to nearly $61.7 million.
These grants are funded by FEMA’s Public Assistance program, an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency. The 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, 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 floridadisaster.org/info. For more Hurricane Michael recovery information, visit 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.