FEMA Approves $30.9 Million to Help Hurricane Michael Recovery Projects in Florida

The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) announced on Thursday that it will send almost $30.9 million to Florida to help the state recover from Hurricane Michael which hit two years ago.

FEMA approved three grants to cover seven projects.

The bulk of the funds–$22,854,545–are going to four roadway repairs in Washington County.

Two projects totaling $5,983,699 in Springfield were approved for roadway repairs.

Lynn Haven is getting $2,025,038 for repairs to the Lynn Haven Sports Complex gymnasium and administrative facility.

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 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 to FDEM after final approval.

Once a project is obligated, 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.

 

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