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FEMA awards Florida Department of Health $3.6 million for Hurricane Michael expenses

FEMA
Posted at 11:34 AM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 11:34:48-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — FEMA has approved $3.6 million to the Florida Department of Health to assist with reimbursement costs for emergency services following Hurricane Michael.

According to FEMA officials, funds in the amount of $3,663,991 will be reimbursed to the department for actions it performed following the October 2018 storm. This includes acts of public health and safety and providing medical staff and nurses for shelters and mental health counseling for responders.

FEMA says this is an Expedited Project, which is awarded at 50 percent of eligible costs incurred.

The remaining 50 percent of the grant is awarded once applicants provide all supporting documentation for the project. The total project cost is $7,327,982, according to documents.

The grant is funded by FEMA’s Public Assistance program, which is an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program also provides grants to state, tribal, and local governments, and certain types of private non-profit organizations, including houses of worship, so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.

For a list of resources available to individuals and businesses affected by Hurricane Michael, visit Floridadisaster.org.