FEMA issues update on Hurricane Michael recovery in local counties

FEMA / Andrea Booher
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
January 9, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued an update on Hurricane Michael recovery efforts in Florida's Big Bend and Panhandle counties.

The following numbers are as of January 4, 2019, unless otherwise noted:

Bay County

Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Bay County residents have received more than $546.7 million in federal funds:
-19,146 individuals and households have been approved for more than $85.3 million in federal grants.
-2,044 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $65.7 million in claims have been paid. (As of Dec. 14)
-More than $395.6 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 6,909 homeowners and renters and 550 businesses.

Housing Assistance:
-More than $29.6 million in grants have been approved for basic housing repairs for more than 5,659 homeowners.
-45,448 home inspections have been issued with 99.7 percent completed.
-Approximately 13,870 survivors have not provided FEMA with the necessary information from their insurance settlements to complete their disaster assistance registration.
-Through Disaster Survivor Assistance outreach more than 53,000 survivors were connected with disaster resources and recovery partners for needs beyond what FEMA can assist with.
-568 survivor households are checked into hotels through the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program.
-14,361 homeowners and renters have been approved for rental assistance.
-The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed 5,269 blue roofs in Bay County, representing 5,269 families who can live in their homes while they make permanent repairs.
-143 (As of Jan. 7) households are licensed-in in Bay County under FEMA’s Direct Temporary Housing Assistance program. These households have keys to temporary housing units and the units are ready for occupancy. Working with Florida Division of Emergency Management, Bay County and Volunteer Florida, debris is being cleared from private and commercial sites.

Debris removal:
-More than 10 million cubic yards of debris has been removed in Bay County.

Outreach to Survivors:
-The disaster recovery center at the Bay County Public Library opened Oct. 27 and has assisted 12,697 visitors. The Callaway Community Center DRC opened Oct. 31 and has assisted more than 4,811 visitors.

Calhoun County

Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Calhoun County residents have received more than $30.7 million in total federal funds:
-More than $8.4 million in federal grants have gone to 1,686 homeowners and renters.
-Two flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $33,852 in claims have been paid. (As of Dec. 14)
-More than $22.2 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 496 homeowners and renters and 23 businesses.

Housing Assistance:
-More than $4.6 million in grants have been approved for basic housing repairs for 1,028 homeowners.
-3,576 home inspections have been issued with more than 99.8 percent completed.
-Approximately 740 survivors have not provided FEMA with the necessary information from their insurance settlements to complete their disaster assistance registration.
-Through Disaster Survivor Assistance outreach more than 6,100 survivors were connected with disaster resources and recovery partners for needs beyond what FEMA can assist with.
-978 homeowners and renters approved for rental assistance.
-The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed 481 blue roofs in Calhoun County, representing 481 families who can live in their homes while they make permanent repairs.
-17 (As of Jan.7) households have been licensed-in in Calhoun County under FEMA’s Direct Temporary Housing Assistance program. These households have keys to temporary housing units and the units are ready for occupancy. Working with Florida Division of Emergency Management, Calhoun County and Volunteer Florida, debris is being cleared from private and commercial sites.

Debris removal:
-Nearly 1.2 million cubic yards of debris has been removed in Calhoun County.

Outreach to Survivors:
-The disaster recovery center at Blountstown Public Library opened Oct. 26 and has assisted more than 3,100 visitors.

Franklin County

Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Franklin County residents have received more than $19.4 million in total federal funds:
-More than $1.7 million in federal grants have gone to 408 homeowners and renters.
-773 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $11.5 million in claims have been paid. (As of Dec. 14)
-More than $6.2 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 119 homeowners and renters and 24 businesses.

Housing Assistance:
-More than $1.1 million have been approved for basic housing repairs for 237 homeowners.
-More than 1,179 home inspections have been issued and more than 99.8 percent completed.
-Approximately 150 survivors have not provided FEMA with the necessary information from their insurance settlements to complete their disaster assistance registration.
-Through Disaster Survivor Assistance outreach more than 800 survivors were connected with disaster resources and recovery partners for needs beyond what FEMA can assist with.
-209 homeowners and renters have been approved for rental assistance.
-The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has installed 23 blue roofs in Franklin representing 23 families who are able to live in their homes while they make permanent repairs.

Debris removal:
-More than 282,000 cubic yards of debris has been removed in Franklin County.

Outreach to Survivors:
-The disaster recovery center at the Carrabelle Public Library opened Oct. 23 and closed Dec. 12 after assisting more than 1,250 visitors.

Gadsden County

Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Gadsden County residents have received more than $11.4 million in total federal funds:
-More than $3.4 million in federal grants have gone to 1,299 homeowners and renters.
-One flood insurance claim has been filed and an estimated $71,568 has been paid. (As of Dec. 14)
-Nearly $8 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 296 homeowners and renters and 17 businesses.

Housing Assistance:
-More than $1.6 million has been approved for basic housing repairs for 666 homeowners.
-4,383 home inspections have been issued and more than 99.7 percent completed.
-Approximately 1,120 survivors have not provided FEMA with the necessary information from their insurance settlements to complete their disaster assistance registration.
-Through Disaster Survivor Assistance outreach more than 10,500 survivors were connected with disaster resources and recovery partners for needs beyond what FEMA can assist with.
-595 homeowners and renters are approved for rental assistance.
-The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has installed 253 blue roofs in Gadsden County representing 253 families who are able to live in their homes while they make permanent repairs.
-5 (As of Jan. 7) households have been licensed-in in Gadsden County under FEMA’s Direct Temporary Housing Assistance program. These households have keys to temporary housing units and the units are ready for occupancy. Working with Florida Division of Emergency Management, Gadsden County and Volunteer Florida, debris is being cleared from private and commercial sites.

Debris removal:
-More than 1.4 million cubic yards of debris has been removed in Gadsden County.

Outreach to Survivors:
-The disaster recovery center at Old Gretna Elementary School opened Oct. 24 and has assisted more than 2,600 visitors.

Jackson County

Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, residents of Jackson County have received more than $56.2 million in total federal funds:
-3,761 individuals and households have been approved for nearly $13 million in federal grants.
-14 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $143,084 in claims have been paid. (As of Dec. 14)
-More than $43.1 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 1,047 homeowners and renters and 50 businesses.

Housing Assistance:
-More than $6.5 million has been approved for basic housing repairs for more than 1,900 homeowners.
-8,764 home inspections have been issued and about 99.7 percent completed.
-Approximately 2,280 survivors have not provided FEMA with the necessary information from their insurance settlements to complete their disaster assistance registration
-Through Disaster Survivor Assistance outreach more than 13,000 survivors were connected with disaster resources and recovery partners for needs beyond what FEMA can assist with.
-2,243 homeowners and renters are approved for rental assistance.
-25 survivor households are checked into hotels through the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program.
-The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has installed 839 blue roofs in Jackson County representing 839 families who are able to live in their homes while they make permanent repairs.
-50 (As of Jan.7) households have been licensed-in in Jackson County under FEMA’s Direct Temporary Housing Assistance program. These households have keys to temporary housing units and the units are ready for occupancy. Working with Florida Division of Emergency Management, Jackson County and Volunteer Florida, debris is being cleared from private and commercial sites.

Debris removal:
-More than 3.4 million cubic yards of debris has been removed in Jackson County.

Outreach to Survivors:
-The disaster recovery center for Jackson County at the University Extension Office in Marianna opened Oct. 23 and has assisted more than 6,395 visitors.

Leon County

Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Leon County residents have received more than $4.4 million in total federal funds:
-More than $856,230 in federal grants have gone to 441 homeowners and renters.
-Nine flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $69,000 in claims have been paid. (As of Dec. 14)
-Nearly $4.3 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 178 homeowners and renters and five businesses.

Housing Assistance:
-Approximately $241,990 has been approved for basic housing repairs for 160 homeowners.
-More than 2,570 home inspections have been issued and more than 99 percent completed.
-Through Disaster Survivor Assistance outreach more than 3,850 survivors were connected with other recovery partners for needs beyond what FEMA can assist with.
-160 homeowners and renters are approved for rental assistance.
-The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has installed 30 blue roofs in Leon County representing 30 families who are able to live in their homes while they make permanent repairs.

Debris Removal:
-Approximately 1.6 million cubic yards of debris has been removed in Leon County as reported to the USACE.

Outreach to Survivors:
-The disaster recovery center at LeRoy Collins Main Library in Tallahassee opened Oct. 23 and closed on Dec. 8 after assisting more than 1,093 visitors.

Liberty County

Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Liberty County residents have received more than $6 million in total federal funds:
-More than $1 million in federal grants have gone to almost 372 homeowners and renters.
-More than $4.9 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 151 homeowners and renters and five businesses.

Housing Assistance:
-More than $551,960 has been approved for basic housing repairs for 218 homeowners.
-Nearly 1,081 home inspections have been issued and more than 99.9 percent completed.
-Through Disaster Survivor Assistance teams more than 4,470 survivors were connected with other recovery partners for needs beyond what FEMA can assist with.
-158 homeowners and renters are approved for rental assistance.
-The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has installed 56 blue roofs in Liberty County representing 56 families who can live in their homes while they make permanent repairs.

Debris Removal:
-Approximately 353,300 cubic yards of debris has been removed in Liberty County as reported to the USACE.

Outreach to Survivors:
-The disaster recovery center at Veterans Memorial Park in Bristol opened Oct. 24 and closed on Dec. 8 after assisting more than 1,006 visitors

Taylor County

Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Taylor County residents have received more than $804,230 in total federal funds:
-Almost $95,000 in federal grants have gone to 44 homeowners and renters.
-23 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $651,300 in claims have been paid. (As of Dec.14)
-$58,000 in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for one homeowner.

Housing Assistance:
-Almost $48,950 has been approved for basic housing repairs for 20 homeowners.
-22 homeowners and renters are approved for rental assistance.
-135 home inspections have been issued and completed.
-Through Disaster Survivor Assistance outreach teams more than 2,400 survivors were connected with other recovery partners for needs beyond what FEMA can assist with.

Wakulla County

Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Wakulla County residents have received more than $11.46 million in total federal funds:
-More than $1.33 million in federal grants have gone to almost 335 homeowners and renters.
-More than 231 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $6 million in claims have been paid.
-More than $4 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 83 homeowners and renters and five businesses.

Housing Assistance:
-Almost $837,600 has been approved for basic housing repairs for 178 homeowners.
-More than 808 home inspections have been issued and 99.8 percent completed.
-Through Disaster Survivor Assistance teams more than 4,551 survivors were connected with other recovery partners for needs beyond what FEMA can assist with.
-171 homeowners and renters are approved for rental assistance.
-The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has installed six blue roofs in Wakulla County representing six families who are able to live in their homes while they make permanent repairs.

Debris Removal:
-Approximately 33,530 cubic yards of debris has been removed in Wakulla County.

Outreach to Survivors:
-The disaster recovery center at the Community One Stop in Crawfordville opened Oct. 20 and closed on Dec. 5 after assisting more than 964 visitors.



 
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