FEMA Awards Solid Waste Authority $13.3 Million For Irma Expenses

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $13,362,910.22 to the State of Florida to assist the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

Funding for this project is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act for Florida to cover Hurricane Irma-related expenses, reimbursing eligible applicants for the cost of debris removal; lifesaving 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 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 the Florida Division of Emergency Management, FEMA obligates funding for the project.

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 is split with the sub-recipients, like local and county governments.