FEMA approved a grant of $ 13,715,504 to the state of Florida to reimburse Escambia County for costs associated with county-wide debris removal after Hurricane Sally.
Escambia County used contract workers between October 1, 2021 and April 30, 2021 to remove and dispose of 689,477 cubic meters of plant debris, 201,863 cubic meters of construction and demolition debris, 854 dangerous leaning trees, 8,283 hazardous hanging branches and 1.85 tonnes of household hazardous waste from public rights-of-way. The debris posed a serious threat to public health and safety. Additional expenses included field monitoring and supervision of the collection, removal and disposal of all debris.
FEMA’s public assistance program is a critical source of funding for communities recovering from a disaster or emergency declared by the federal government. The Florida Emergency Management Division works with FEMA during all phases of the program and reviews projects before final FEMA approval.
Applicants work directly with FEMA to develop projects and scopes of work. FEMA obliges the financing of projects to the FDEM after final approval.
Once a project is initiated, FDEM works closely with applicants to finalize grants and start making payments. The FDEM has procedures in place designed to ensure that grant funding is provided to local communities as quickly as possible.
FEMA’s public assistance program provides grants to state, tribal and local governments and some private non-profit organizations, including places of worship, so that communities can respond quickly and recover from disasters or d major emergencies.
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