PENSACOLA, Fla FEMA has approved grants totaling $9,066,552 to reimburse recovery expenses in Florida for Hurricane Michael in 2018.

Funding from FEMA’s Public Assistance program will provide the following reimbursements:

  • Bay District Schools: $3,813,785 to replace both the RLY Transportation Building 2, a 18,768-square-foot maintenance building, and Building 3, a 4,264-square-foot paint shop. This reimbursement brings FEMA’s total grants to the school district to $110.6 million.
  • Chemical Addictions Recovery Effort, Inc.: $4,126,485 for repairs to the main campus building, cafeteria and school trailer, the Starting Over Straight adolescent residential facility and five additional campus buildings.
  • Jackson Hospital: $1,126,281 for repairs to 10 of the hospital’s facilities, and repairs or replacement of contents and equipment damaged during Hurricane Michael.

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 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.