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FEMA Awards $12.8 Million for Hurricane Irma Recovery in Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has awarded $12,883,938 for the State of Florida to reimburse applicants for emergency measures, debris removal and sand and dune renourishment costs associated with Hurricane Irma in 2017.

The FEMA Public Assistance program grants include:

  • Collier County: $6,631,348 for emergency measures including debris removal from public roads, property and rights-of-way and also the cost of generators, barricades, security and shelter.
  • Collier County: $5,224,285 for removal of more than 18,400 cubic yards of vegetative, construction, demolition and mixed debris from public roads, property, rights-of-way, waterways and canals throughout the county.
  • Indian River County: $1,028,305 for sand and dune restoration including 128,300 cubic yards of replacement sand from onshore sand mines.

The program provides grants to state, tribal and local governments, and certain types of private nonprofit organizations, including some houses of worship, so 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 subrecipients such as local and county governments.


FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

Last updated April 30, 2021