BAY COUNTY, Fla. (PRESS RELEASE) - As of March 25th, unless otherwise noted:
Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Bay County residents have received more than $645.3 million in federal funds:
*30,818 individuals and households have been approved for more than $83.4 million in federal grants through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program.
*2,068 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $99.9 million in claims have been paid. (As of Feb. 25)
*More than $462 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 7,631 homeowners and renters and 767 businesses.
*More than $32.5 million in grants have been approved for basic housing repairs for 6,057 homeowners.
*43,357 home inspections have been issued with 99.9 percent completed.
*13,630 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 provide.
*336 survivor households are checked into hotels through the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program.
*14,715 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.
*618 households have been licensed-in in Bay County under FEMA’s Direct Temporary Housing Assistance program. Working with Florida Division of Emergency Management, Bay County and Volunteer Florida, debris is being cleared from private and commercial sites.
*Nearly 15 million cubic yards of debris has been removed in Bay County.
Outreach to Survivors:
*A Community Recovery Center opened March 18 at the Bay County Public Library. The center, which promotes the ability of the Bay County community to tailor recovery programs, resources and services to its population’s unmet needs, has assisted 342 visitors.
*The disaster recovery center at the Bay County Public Library opened Oct. 27 and closed March 16 after assisting 17,478 visitors.