The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) announced on Wednesday that is has approved a grant of $11,769,482 for the state of Florida to reimburse the Board of Trustees of Bay Medical Center for the cost of emergency protective measures taken for Hurricane Michael which the state back in October 2018.
The grant reimburses the hospital for actions to reduce the threat to life and safety, including ambulance services, security personnel, mold and water damage assessments, asbestos surveys, dewatering, moisture and mold remediation, climate control equipment, construction of temporary facilities and water quality testing.
FEMA previously approved $1.42 million for Bay Medical Center, bringing the total to $13.19 million.
This grant is 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 PA 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 after final approval.
Once a project is obligated by FEMA, 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.