Recovery at a glance six months later

Carmen Fleischmann

NORTHWEST FLORIDA (WJHG/WECP) - Wednesday makes six months since Hurricane Michael hit northwest Florida. In those six months, we've seen a lot of the damage get cleaned up, but there's still more to do. Here's a break down by county:

BAY COUNTY

Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Bay County residents have received nearly $652.5 million in federal funds:
• 30,907 individuals and households have been approved for more than $84.1 million in federal grants through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program.
• 2,068 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $105.4 million in claims have been paid. (As of April 2)
• Nearly $463 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 7,659 homeowners and renters and 772 businesses.

Housing Assistance:
• More than $32.6 million in grants have been approved for basic housing repairs for 6,063 homeowners.
• 43,401 home inspections have been issued with 100 percent completed.
• 13,623 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.
• 14,730 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.
• 642 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.

Debris Removal:
• More than 15.5 million cubic yards of debris has been removed in Bay County.

Outreach to Survivors:
• The disaster recovery center at the Bay County Public Library opened Oct. 27 and closed March 16 after assisting 17,478 visitors.
• 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 1,064 visitors.

GULF COUNTY

Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, Gulf County residents have received more than $134.2 million in total federal funds:
• 2,852 individuals and households have been approved for nearly $10.2 million in federal grants through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program.
• 958 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $74.2 million in claims have been paid. (As of April 2)
• Nearly $49.8 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 743 homeowners and renters and 83 businesses.

Housing Assistance:
• More than $6.6 million has been approved for basic housing repairs for 951 homeowners.
• 4,001 home inspections have been issued with 100 percent completed.
• 789 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 5,400 survivors were connected with disaster resources and recovery partners for needs beyond what FEMA can provide.
• 1,187 homeowners and renters have been approved for rental assistance.
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has installed 704 blue roofs in Gulf County, representing 704 families who can live in their homes while they make permanent repairs.
• 56 households have been licensed-in in Gulf County under FEMA’s Direct Temporary Housing Assistance program. Working with Florida Division of Emergency Management, Gulf County and Volunteer Florida, debris is being cleared from private and commercial sites.

Debris Removal:
• More than 1.7 million cubic yards of debris has been removed in Gulf County.

Outreach to Survivors:
• Disaster recovery centers in Port St. Joe opened Oct. 26 and closed March 29 after assisting 3,884 visitors.

JACKSON COUNTY

Since the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael, residents of Jackson County have received more than $62.6 million in total federal funds:
• 6,041 individuals and households have been approved for more than $12.7 million in federal grants through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program.
• 14 flood insurance claims have been filed. An estimated $147,681 in claims have been paid. (As of April 2)
• More than $49.8 million in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans have been approved for 1,133 homeowners and renters and 71 businesses.

Housing Assistance:
• More than $7.4 million has been approved for basic housing repairs for 2,029 homeowners.
• 8,456 home inspections have been issued with 100 percent completed.
• 2,243 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 13,000 survivors were connected with disaster resources and recovery partners for needs beyond what FEMA can provide.
• 2,314 homeowners and renters have been approved for rental assistance.
• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has installed 839 blue roofs in Jackson County, representing 839 families who are able to live in their homes while they make permanent repairs.
• 62 households have been licensed-in in Jackson County under FEMA’s Direct Temporary Housing Assistance program. Working with Florida Division of Emergency Management, Jackson County and Volunteer Florida, debris is being cleared from private and commercial sites.

Debris Removal:
• More than 6.9 million cubic yards of debris has been removed in Jackson County.