FEMA Giving Jacksonville Nearly $3 Million For Hurricane Matthew Expenses

Jan 31, 2018

Updated at 1 p.m. on 2/1:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is awarding Florida nearly $3 million to reimburse Jacksonville for costs associated with Hurricane Matthew.

In an email Thursday, a FEMA spokeswoman said FEMA is disbursing $2,946,157.34 directly to the state, and following a state review process, funds will be given to the sub-recipient, Jacksonville, depending on the documentation submitted. 

The award is for "emergency preparedness measures" taken during Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio announced the award in a Tuesday Tweet, and his office on Wednesday confirmed the amount the city will receive.

Spokespeople for the city of Jacksonville were unable to provide more information at the time of this story's posting. This story will be updated. 

Clarification: This story originally reported that Sen. Rubio's office told WJCT the award was for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. As of Thursday afternoon, it's unclear whether the sheriff's office is the intended recipient. 

Contact Jessica Palombo at 904-358-6315, jpalombo@wjct.org or on Twitter at @JessicaPubRadio.

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