Recovery efforts of Calhoun County post-Hurricane Michael

Recovery efforts of Calhoun County. (ZUMA Press)

CALHOUN COUNTY, Fla. (PRESS RELEASE) - Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Calhoun County residents and local governments have received approximately $36.7 million in total federal funds:

• 1,731 homeowner and renters have been approved for more than $9.2 million in federal grants through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program.
• As of Sept. 17, an estimated $34,000 has been paid in flood insurance claims.
• Nearly $24.6 million has been approved in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans for 538 homeowners and renters and 33 businesses.
• Overall to date, FEMA has provided nearly $2.9 million to the state to help local governments in Calhoun County with Hurricane Michael-related expenses.

Housing Assistance:
• 1,068 homeowners have been approved for basic housing repairs.
• 782 survivors have not provided FEMA with the necessary information from their insurance settlements to complete their disaster assistance registration.
• 1,006 homeowners and renters have been approved for rental assistance.
• Calhoun County was approved for FEMA Direct Temporary Housing Assistance. 37 households are licensed in to temporary housing units, and 10 households have successfully moved on to a permanent housing solution.
• From October to November 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed 481 blue roofs in Calhoun County for families to live in their homes while making permanent repairs.

Public Assistance:
• More than 1.9 million cubic yards of debris has been removed in Calhoun County.