ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has awarded grants totaling $5,465,770 for the State of Florida to reimburse applicants for the costs of emergency response and debris removal following Hurricane Irma in 2017.

The FEMA Public Assistance grants include:

  • Orange County: $3,580,497 for removal of 93 leaning trees and 59,751 hanging branches from public roads, property and rights-of-way.
  • Indian River County: $1,885,273 for emergency sheriff patrols, sheltering, staffing the emergency operations center, utility operations and emergency lighting.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state, tribal, and local governments, and certain types of private nonprofit organizations, including some houses of worship, so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies. The Florida Division of Emergency Management works with FEMA during all phases of the program and conducts final reviews of FEMA-approved projects.

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

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FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.

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