FEMA Will Repay $1.7M to Sarasota County to Remove Hurricane Rubble

The money is sent to the state of Florida to assist Sarasota County with the costs of federally declared disasters or emergencies.

by Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Fla. / May 14, 2019

(TNS) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $1.7 million to reimburse Sarasota County for the costs of debris removal from Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program.

Funding for this Public Assistance project is authorized under Sections 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act for Florida to cover Hurricane Irma-related expenses, reimbursing eligible applicants for the cost of debris removal; life-saving emergency protective measures; and the repair, replacement or restoration of disaster-damaged facilities like buildings, roads and utilities.

The money is sent to the state of Florida to assist Sarasota County with the costs of federally declared disasters or emergencies. The Florida Division of Emergency Management works with FEMA on the reimbursement. Sarasota County estimated it had more than 250,000 cubic yards of debris.

Applicants work directly with FEMA to develop project worksheets and scopes of work. Following approvals by FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management, FEMA obligates funding for the project.

FEMA's Public Assistance program provides grants to state, tribal, and local governments, and certain types of private non-profit organizations including some houses of worship, so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.

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

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