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FEMA Giving Jacksonville Nearly $3 Million For Hurricane Matthew Expenses

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/NOAA satellite image
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This satellite image of Hurricane Matthew was taken on Sept. 30, 2016.

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, or on Twitter at @JessicaPubRadio.

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Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP