The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on Tuesday that it is sending $4.5 million to Florida for reimbursements of expenses from Hurricane Michael.
FEMA announced it is sending $2,212,978 to Mexico Beach for repairs to the city marina, including repairs to the water and power station, seawall, pavement and supporting posts.
Springfield will get $1,035,378 for repairs to five city facilities, including warehouses, maintenance and waterworks buildings.
Talquin Electric Cooperative, Inc. is penciled in for $1,273,545 for management costs of tracking, charging and accounting for emergency and permanent work after the storm.
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.
Hurricane Michael hit the Sunshine State back in October 2018.