Orlando, Fla.- FEMA has approved $ 1,609,849 for the State of Florida to help Osceola County pay for debris removal costs following Hurricane Irma under the FEMA Public Assistance Program.
FEMA funds will reimburse the county for the collection, collection and disposal of debris within Osceola County between September 18 and October 17, 2017 after the storm that occurred in September 2017. During that period of At the time, county employees and contractors collected and transported 175,305 cubic yards of vegetation debris from public roads.
Funding for this Public Assistance (PA) project is authorized in accordance with Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act for Florida to cover expenses related to Hurricane Irma, reimbursing eligible applicants for the debris collection expenses; emergency protection measures implemented to save lives; and the arrangements, replacement or restoration of facilities damaged by the disaster, such as buildings, streets and public services.
The FEMA Public Assistance grant program is an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federal disaster or emergency. The Florida Division of Emergency Management works with FEMA during all phases of the PA program and makes the final revisions for projects that FEMA approves.
Applicants work with FEMA directly to develop project worksheets and areas of work. After approval by FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management, FEMA obligates funds for the project.
The FEMA Public Assistance program provides grants to state, tribal and local governments, and to certain types of private non-profit organizations and worship temples, so that communities can respond and recover quickly after major disasters or emergencies.
The federal part for Public Assistance projects is a minimum of 75 percent of the eligible cost. The state determines how the non-federal part of the project’s expenses (a maximum of 25 percent) will be shared with the applicants, such as governments
local or county. Europa Press