FEMA awards Osceola County $1.5 million after Hurricane Irma damages courthouse buildings

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $1.5 million to help Osceola County defray the costs of repairing county facilities damaged by Hurricane Irma.

Funds are provided under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

 FEMA funds will reimburse Osceola County for repairing three county courthouse buildings—the parking garage, courthouse building two and the administration building—damaged by Hurricane Irma. Repairs will restore these facilities back to their pre-disaster design, function and capacity within their existing footprints. The bulk of this funding – $860,000 –was used to repair the administration building.

Funding for this Public Assistance (PA) 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 an approval, FEMA obligates funding for the project.