MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) - More than $100 million in federal public assistance money has been reimbursed for projects related to Hurricane Irma.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management announced a new program Friday to advance statewide emergency protective measures.
According to FEMA, in 2018 alone, there were more public assistance payments for all storms than in the years 2012 to 2017 combined.
This new program will strengthen future repair and restoration efforts.
"Governor Scott's office has worked very hard in collaboration with federal, state and local governments to help Floridians return to normalcy as soon as possible after every storm. So this federal money is really great news," said Ron Sachs, CEO of Sachs Media Group.
This program will bring new procedures, allowing for faster response times and more assistance for future emergency events.
It also funds debris removal, reconstruction and infrastructure hardening ahead of storms.