The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on Monday that it has approved grants totaling $16,445,577 to reimburse recovery expenses in Florida for Hurricane Michael in 2018.
Funding from FEMA’s Public Assistance program will provide the following reimbursements:
- Bay County: $14,048,123 for permanent repairs to hurricane-damaged public roadways.
- Florida Department of Corrections: $1,012,508 for repairs to Apalachee Correctional Institute, including repairing and replacing drywall, insulation, light fixtures, windows, ceiling tiles and ductwork, as well as heating and air conditioning unit components.
- Family of God Baptist Church: $1,384,946 for repairs to the East Campus Sanctuary, West Campus Sanctuary and Religious Education facilities.
FEMA’s Public Assistance program is 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 procedures in place 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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