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Washington County receives FEMA funding in Hurricane Michael Public Assistance grants

Staff Report

CHIPLEY — FEMA has approved 12 projects totaling more than $104.7 million for the State of Florida to reimburse four applicants for eligible costs of emergency work and permanent repairs following Hurricane Michael.

These grants include:

Washington County – nine projects totaling $75,138,973 for permanent repairs to hurricane-damaged public roadways

Bay Medical Center – $16,928,844 for actions to reduce the threat to life and safety, including debris removal, medical care and transportation, security, moisture remediation, electrical repair and other emergency response to the storm

Mexico Beach – $11,634,265 for dredging and removal of debris from the harbor, navigational canal and the Eighth Street drainage canal

Springfield – $1,065,163 for permanent repairs to hurricane-damaged public roadways

Washington County

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.

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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.