The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $9 million in initial reimbursement for expenses incurred by Bay County and the city of Lynn Haven in the wake of Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 storm that ripped across the eastern Florida Panhandle in October of last year. The FEMA reuimbursement will double when both local governments provide supporting documentation outlining the work to be covered by the federal reimbursements.
TALLAHASSEE — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $9 million in reimbursement to Bay County and the Bay County community of Lynn Haven to cover costs incurred for emergency protective measures in the wake of October's Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 storm that caused heavy damage across the eastern Florida Panhandle.
That total will double as Bay County and Lynn Haven provide supporting documentation outlining the work to be covered by the federal funds, according to a FEMA news release.
According to the release, FEMA has approved an initial $7,257,858 for Bay County under the federal agency's Public Assistance Program to assist the county with costs of search and rescue operations, security, flood fighting, evacuations, sheltering and safety inspections. Other actions covered by the reimbursement include pumping, placing barricades, tarping of roofs and mold remediation.
When the remaining 50 percent of the approved FEMA funding becomes available, Bay County will have received $14,515,716 through FEMA to assist with covering costs associated with Hurricane Michael.
For the city of Lynn Haven, FEMA has approved an initial outlay of $1,673,126 to cover the city's cost of providing sandbags for public use, search and rescue efforts, emergency medical care and transport and firefighting. Other actions covered by the outlay include pumping, placing barricades and cutting and clearing debris.
When the remaining 50 percent of FEMA funding becomes available, the city of Lynn Haven will have received $3,346,252 in federal assistance for costs incurred as a result of Hurricane Michael.
FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides grants to state, tribal and local governments, and to certain types of private non-profit organizations, including houses of worship, to help communities respond, to and recover from, major disasters or emergencies.
Local governments work directly with FEMA to develop projects for federal funding. Across Florida, the state's Division of Emergency Management works with FEMA during all phases of the Public Assistance Program and reviews projects prior to final FEMA approval.