FEMA Awards Osceola County Florida More Than $1.5 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses

ORLANDO, FL (STL.News) FEMA has approved $1,516,368 for the State of Florida to help Osceola County defray the costs of repairing county facilities damaged by Hurricane Irma.  Funds are provided under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

FEMA funds will reimburse Osceola County for repairing three county courthouse buildings—the parking garage, courthouse building two and the administration building—damaged by Hurricane Irma.  Repairs will restore these facilities back to their pre-disaster design, function and capacity within their existing footprints.  The bulk of this funding—$860,000—was used to repair the administration building.

Funding for this Public Assistance (PA) project is authorized under Sections 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act for Florida to cover Hurricane Irma-related expenses, reimbursing eligible applicants for the cost of debris removal; life-saving emergency protective measures; and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged facilities like buildings, roads and utilities.

FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program is an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.  The Florida Division of Emergency Management works with FEMA during all phases of the PA program and conducts final reviews of FEMA-approved projects.

Applicants work directly with FEMA to develop project worksheets and scopes of work.  Following approvals by FEMA and FDEM, FEMA obligates funding for the project.

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

The federal share for Public Assistance projects is not less than 75 percent of the eligible cost.  The state determines how the non-federal share of the cost of a project (up to 25 percent) is split with the sub-recipients like local and county governments.