TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that nearly $20 million has been awarded to 37 counties, municipalities, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations to develop or enhance state, regional or local plans to withstand future disasters.
Of the 37 total, three local entities were awarded funds through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Rebuild Florida General Planning Support Program, according to Gov. DeSantis.
The Florida State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning received $348,898 to create a graduate capstone program that will develop a more efficient and coordinated hazard planning process at the state, regional, and municipal level.
The Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners received $75,000 to develop a shelter plan for Wakulla and Franklin counties.
The Wakulla County BOCC also received an additional $75,000 to identify and analyze potential hazards and evaluate the existing conditions of the physical, social, economic, and environmental vulnerabilities for the County.
The funds are allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation program formed in response to the 2016 to 2017 presidentially declared disasters.