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FEMA awards Lee County School District more than $3 million for Hurricane Irma expenses

By Staff | Oct 25, 2019

FEMA has approved $3,012,908 for the State of Florida to help the Lee County School District defray the costs of responding to Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

FEMA funds will reimburse the school district for emergency measures enacted between Sept. 4 and Oct. 3, 2017. During that time period, steps such as sandbagging were taken to protect district property prior to the storm. Afterward the school procured contractors to clean and dry out approximately 100 school campuses totaling nearly 1,000 buildings. Lee County School district also provided shelter for individuals and families displaced by the storm at 13 buildings.

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.

FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program is an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency. The Florida Division of Emergency Management works with FEMA during all phases of the PA program and conducts final reviews of FEMA-approved projects.

Applicants work directly with FEMA to develop project worksheets and scopes of work. Following approvals by FEMA and FDEM, 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.

– Source: School District of Lee County