• Senator Rick Scott Hurricane Sally Update - 09/24/2020

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    September 24, 2020
    Good Morning All,
    Late last night, President Trump granted, in part, Governor DeSantis’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration following the impacts of Hurricane Sally. For reference, I’ve attached a copy of the Major Disaster Declaration. Under these provisions, Escambia county will be eligible for all categories of Public Assistance. Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Washington Counties are eligible for Category B assistance. At this time, the request for individual assistance remains in review. Please note, the Major Disaster Declaration can be amended. You are encouraged to continue documenting and sharing all damages to private and public property with the Florida Department of Emergency Management.
    While many of you are familiar with the Public Assistance process under the Stafford Act, I’ve provided a few helpful resources below, as well as in the attachments. Please note the attached FEMA PA Tutorial PowerPoint is from 2019; however, FEMA confirmed the information remains current.  As things develop, I will make sure to update you all as soon as possible.
    FDEM Florida Public Assistance : This site is for the online application and management of the Public Assistance (PA) grant. Public Assistance (PA) is a federal grant program to aid State and local governments in returning a disaster area to pre-disaster conditions. A minimum of 75% of eligible costs is provided to primarily address the repair and restoration of public facilities, infrastructure, or services which have been damaged or destroyed. Eligible applicants include local and Tribal governments as well as certain Private Non-Profit organizations.
    FEMA’s Public Assistance web page: This site will provide general information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program including a general overview, information on how to apply, training opportunities, and more.
    FEMA Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide – June 2020: This guide provides a comprehensive overview and explanation of the Public Assistance Program and applicable policies.
    Public Assistance Delivery Model Fact Sheet: This fact sheet will provide a summary of how the PA program is delivered.
    Grants Portal Fact Sheet : This fact sheet will provide information on the system used to manage grants applications.
    Debris Removal Tips Fact Sheet: This fact sheet will provide tips recommended by FEMA for Category A (Debris Removal).
    Assistance for Houses of Worship: This FAQ provides additional information on the Public Assistance program as it relates to Houses of Worship.
    Federal Procurement Checklist: This checklist provides recommended steps and actions to consider when hiring contracted services.
    Kind Regards,