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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Florida Emergency Declaration

Release date: October 6, 2016
Release Number: HQ-16-73-FactSheet


Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s emergency disaster declaration issued for the State of Florida.

Assistance for State and Affected Tribal and Local Governments Can Include as Required:

  • FEMA is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas.
  • Specifically, FEMA is authorized to provide emergency protective measures (Category B), limited to direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program at 75 percent federal funding.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

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Last Updated: October 6, 2016 – 22:27
State/Tribal Government or Region: Florida
Related Disaster: Florida Hurricane Matthew

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Hermine?

In any major disaster, emergency workers may not be able to reach everyone right away. What would you do if you had no electricity, no gas, no water and no telephone service? Having a plan for your family and their needs will help ensure their safety and comfort during these difficult times. A well thought-out plan of action for you and your family can go a long way toward reducing the impact of Hurricane Hermine.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

The CERT course will benefit any citizen who takes it. This individual will be better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster. Additionally, if a community wants to supplement its response capability after a disaster, civilians can be recruited and trained as neighborhood, business and government teams that, in essence, will be auxiliary responders. These groups can provide immediate assistance to victims in their area and organize spontaneous volunteers who have not had the training. They may also collect disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders with prioritization and allocation of resources following a disaster.

Consider becoming involved in your areas Community Emergency Response team (CERT), locate a CERT Team in your area:

Hurricane Season is Here – Are You Ready?

June 1 marked the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season and it’s time for residents all along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts to get prepared. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2016 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, this year will be a near-normal season with a 70-percent likelihood of 10-16 named storms and 4-8 hurricanes, of which 1-4 could be major hurricanes. Florida and parts of the southeast already experienced a major rain dump and flooding from Tropical Storm Colin at the beginning of June.

The early arrival of Colin is a reminder of the importance of having a family emergency plan and a disaster supply kit. For more information on helping to keep your family and property safe during an emergency and for guidance on what to include in a disaster supply kit, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website,