President Donald Trump issued a major disaster declaration in Florida following Hurricane Sally and has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide aid for all Northwest Florida counties.
On Thursday, the White House said in a press release, “Federal funding is available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Sally in Escambia County.”
Over 75% of the federal aid will go to the emergency work and repair funds for Escambia County. However, the release adds that federal funding will also be available to other counties, including Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, and Washington.
Additionally, federal aid is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures throughout Florida.
Pete Gaynor, Administrator of FEMA and Department of Homeland Security, named Jeffrey L. Coleman, a member of the Missouri House of Representatives, as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.
According to the White House, “Damage assessments are continuing in other areas, and more areas and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed,” and is being conducted by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM).