ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved a grant of $1,328,579 for the State of Florida to help the Key West Utility Board defray the cost of emergency response after Hurricane Irma in 2017.
FEMA Public Assistance program funds will reimburse the city for emergency measures taken to protect life and property, including lodging and meals for work crews who assisted in power restoration.
The program provides grants to state, tribal, and local governments, and certain types of private nonprofit organizations, including some houses of worship, so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies. The Florida Division of Emergency Management works with FEMA during all phases of the program and conducts final reviews of FEMA-approved projects.
The federal share for Public Assistance projects is not less than 75 percent of the eligible cost. The state determines how the nonfederal share of the cost of a project (up to 25 percent) is split with the subrecipients like local and county governments.
FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.