Trump approves major disaster declaration for Florida

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By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 11, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- President Donald Trump granted a major disaster declaration for Florida on Sunday, authorizing federal funding for residents and local communities impacted by Hurricane Irma.

“I am thankful that President Trump, who I’ve spoken with multiple times this week, has been 100 percent supportive of our efforts and offered every resource of the federal government," said Florida Governor Rick Scott. "Working with local emergency management professionals and FEMA, we will make sure that no expense is spared to help families respond and recover.”

The major disaster declaration authorizes the following:

  • 100 percent federal reimbursement for thirty days in all counties for emergency protective measures, such as Emergency Operation Center costs, evacuation costs, sheltering costs, and other costs associated with emergency response. After the thirty days, the federal government will reimburse 75 percent of these costs. This includes both local and state expenses.
  • 75 percent federal reimbursement for all counties for debris removal
  • Direct federal financial assistance for impacted Florida families in the following counties: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Union, and Volusia.



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