On Wednesday, December 19, Governor Rick Scott appealed the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s denial of disaster assistance to seven Florida counties due to the impacts Hurricane Sandy, which caused more than $44.9 million of damage to infrastructure and beaches. Governor Scott requested Public Assistance on November 1, for Brevard, Broward, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties.
“Hurricane Sandy had a tremendous impact on the economy and communities along Florida’s East Coast. While damages totaled in tens of millions of dollars, businesses and workers who depend on Florida’s beaches were disrupted – and we have to do everything possible to get these communities back to work,” said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan W. Koon. “This appeal is critical to the economy and safety of the region.”
Damage assessments of Brevard, Broward, Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties reported total community uninsured damage of more than $44.9 million to infrastructure and beaches. Florida’s statewide threshold to request federal assistance is $25.7 million. FEMA’s denial letter stated that the damage from Sandy was within the capabilities of the state and counties to recover and that federal assistance is not necessary.
In the appeal, the Florida Division of Emergency Management cited six factors for FEMA to consider when making a final decision, including estimated cost of assistance, localized impacts, insurance coverage, the reduction of damage due to hazard mitigation, impacts of recent multiple disasters and other federal assistance programs.
FEMA’s Public Assistance provides grant assistance for debris removal and emergency protective measures. Costs for repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly-owned facilities can also be covered under Public Assistance.
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