FEMA grants nearly $ 4.5 million to the city of Tampa to cover expenses caused by Hurricane Irma

Orlando, Fla. – FEMA has approved $ 4,485,900 for the State of Florida to help the city of Tampa defray the costs incurred in response to Hurricane Irma under the FEMA Public Assistance Program.

FEMA funds will reimburse the city for overtime costs worked by police, firefighters, and other municipal employees to prepare for the arrival of the storm, help with the eviction of residents, collect debris from the tracks, and apply curfew, in addition to your regular duties. There were also contractors who provided services during the period from September 4 to October 18, 2017.

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 debris collection expenses; emergency protection measures implemented to save lives; and 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 stages of the PA program and performs final reviews for projects approved by FEMA.

Applicants work with FEMA directly to develop project worksheets and work areas. After approval by FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management, FEMA obligates the funds for the project.

The FEMA Public Assistance program provides grants to state, tribal and local governments, and to certain types of private nonprofit organizations and praise 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 portion of the project expenses (a maximum of 25 percent) will be shared with applicants, such as local or county governments.

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