Disaster Assistance Reaches $27.7 Million 

More Than 18,700 Floridians Register for Disaster Assistance

Release Date: November 21, 2008
Release Number: 1785-090

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- More than $27.79 million in disaster assistance has been approved by state and federal sources to help Floridians recover from Tropical Storm Fay and related flooding.

Officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) said that since the presidential declaration August 24, FEMA's Individuals and Households Program designated for 27 Florida counties has distributed more than $16.27 million to 5,087 applicants.

Meanwhile, disaster-related loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have gone to homeowners, renters and businesses in the amount of $11.34 million.

In addition, 41 Florida counties were designated eligible for FEMA's Public Assistance program to help reimburse local governments, eligible state agencies and certain qualified non-profits for uninsured disaster-related infrastructure costs.

To date, FEMA funding has been approved for 165 Public Assistance projects, while another 153 have passed initial review and are under consideration. In this process each applicant for funding, including state and local governments, may propose multiple projects such as debris removal, emergency protective services, roads, bridges, public parks, etc. Public Assistance projects are funded on a cost-share basis, with FEMA funding 75 percent of the approved reimbursement and the remaining 25 percent shared by the state and local governments.

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FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

Last Modified: Friday, 21-Nov-2008 17:05:49