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Trump approves disaster declaration in multiple Big Bend counties following Hurricane Sally

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Posted at 9:36 AM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 09:55:24-04

President Donald Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Florida and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Sally.

Federal funding is available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Sally in Escambia County.

Officials say federal funding is also available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures in the counties of Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Washington.

The funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Pete Gaynor, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Jeffrey L. Coleman as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

Damage assessments are continuing in other areas, and more areas and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed.