The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to support the State of Florida through the Florida Division of Emergency Management, in support of disaster survivor recovery from Hurricane Hermine. The following information provides an overview of current activities in support of state, local and federal recovery efforts.
- FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding is now available through the state for disbursement to eligible sub-applicants for approved mitigation projects statewide.
- The State of Florida and FEMA have begun allocating funds to eligible communities for Public Assistance (PA) for the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged infrastructure as well as costs incurred for disaster cleanup or emergency actions taken to protect lives or property.
- Public Assistance (PA) grant monies have been provided for emergency (Categories A-B) and permanent (Categories C-G) work, on a cost-share basis, for the repair or replacement of publicly-owned infrastructure, debris removal and emergency protective measures.
- Eligible communities and non-profits affected by Hurricane Hermine have been obligated nearly $5.2 million as of Feb. 9, 2017.
- The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) has published a notice of Funding Availability making FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds available for approved mitigation projects statewide on a cost-share basis.
- This funding helps communities implement mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate damage to people and property from natural disasters.
- Applicants with questions about HMGP mitigation projects may visit the FDEM online at floridadisaster.org/mitigation for more information and program requirements.
- For questions regarding the HMGP program or application process call the Florida Mitigation Hotline at (850) 922-4075.
National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
- As of Feb, 6, 2017, a total of 2,417 claims were received and more than $80.3 million was approved. Nearly $10.8 million has been disbursed in advanced payments.
- Survivors who accept disaster assistance from FEMA or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may be required to purchase flood insurance.
- This applies when the insurable property has disaster-related damages and is located in a Special Hazard Flood Zone.
- Those who fail to maintain the required flood insurance will not be eligible to receive disaster assistance for housing and personal property damage in the future.
Assistance to Survivors
- Nearly $8.3 million has been approved in grants to survivors affected by Hurricane Hermine as of Feb. 9, 2017, this includes:
More than $6.5 million in Housing Assistance
Nearly $1.8 million in Other Needs Assistance
- SBA has approved nearly $12 million in low interest loans as of Feb. 9, 2017.
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