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DeSantis: $250K+ comes to Big Bend area for long-term disaster recovery funding

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Posted at 12:53 PM, Oct 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-08 15:06:10-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Governor Ron DeSantis announced Friday over $3.1 million in awards for 12 projects through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Hazard Mitigation Grant Match Program and recognize the three-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael’s landfall.

That includes $253,673 coming to the Big Bend area.

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Speaking from Florida Panhandle, DeSantis said, in partnership with DEO, the state of Florida funds the local match portion of the HMGP. These awards mark more than $228 million in total funding to date from DEO to Hurricane Michael impacted communities in long-term disaster recovery funding, with more to come soon.

“Since I took office, my administration has remained committed to the recovery of communities impacted by Hurricane Michael by providing more than $1 billion to support the recovery efforts,” said Gov. DeSantis. “Today, we furthered this progress through $3.1 million in funding to help rebuild affected areas and bolster their recovery and resiliency. Three years later, we applaud the actions taken by our Panhandle communities to ensure they are prepared to withstand future storms through disaster mitigation funding.”

The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) administers the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) in Florida, which requires a local match of 25 percent.

  • Talquin Electric Cooperative ($49,273) – to provide backup power sources at critical water pumps and sewer facilities serving vulnerable communities in Gadsden County.
  • Talquin Electric Cooperative ($134,250) – to provide backup power sources at four critical potable water pumps and sewer facilities that serve multiple communities in Leon County.
  • Wakulla County ($40,589) – to install a permanent generator at the Wakulla County Community Center to provide electricity during the center’s function as a post-event shelter following disasters.
  • Wakulla County ($29,561) – to install a permanent generator at the Wakulla Sheriff’s Office Annex to provide electricity during power outages.