Additional Aid for Hurricane Michael Headed to Communities
Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced $27 million in financial aid for Floridians affected by Hurricane Michael. The governor also directed the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) to approve pending cost-share waivers for disaster relief for qualified communities. $22 million will be allotted to these communities.
Hurricane Michael left serious damage throughout Florida in 2018, and plenty of Floridians are still reeling from their losses and struggling to get back on their feet. If your property, whether your home or a business, was damaged due to Hurricane Michael’s wrath, and you have yet to be compensated by your insurance provider, you can count on our experienced Panama City disaster recovery attorney for help.
$22 Million Will Go to Eligible Communities
The governor’s office stated that the federal government would reimburse 90% of emergency protective measures and debris removal costs for cleaning up after Hurricane Michael. The federal government will likewise reimburse 75% of the permanent work project costs under FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program. In addition, the state would also waive all pending cost-share requirements for all eligible cities and counties.
$4.7 Million Will Go to Chipola College and Tallahassee Community College
DeSantis also announced that Chipola College and Tallahassee Community College would receive $4.7 million via Rebuild Florida in an effort to train residents in various construction trades that can aid in supporting the state’s rebuilding and disaster recovery efforts. Chipola College will receive $1,732,576 for developing welding technology and construction programs that will offer training in carpentry, welding, electrical, and framing industries.
Additionally, Tallassee Community College will receive $2,990,313 for creating a construction tech program that will provide training in concrete finishing, carpentry, masonry, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical trades. The financial aid will also be used for developing an automated vehicle systems program that will offer training for the use of drones in real estate, construction, agricultural, mapping, and emergency management industries.
$1.4 Billion in Federal Aid
According to WFSU Public Media, Senator Loranne Ausley says that Florida’s lawmakers will be granting authority to the FDEM to release approximately $1.4 billion to be used in reimbursing local governments for building repairs, emergency services, and debris removal. But she also says that they don’t know when the communities will actually receive the funding and that she’s still in the process of finding out where the funding fits into the state budget.
Reach Out to an Experienced Panama City Disaster Recovery Attorney Today
If you are a Floridian who has yet to be given fair and just compensation by your insurance provider to cover the losses you suffered from Hurricane Michael, our Panama City disaster recovery attorney can help. Our experienced insurance claims attorneys can also help secure FEMA and other relevant benefits you’ve been denied or have yet to collect. We can help you explore your legal options for an underpaid or denied hurricane insurance claim.