Florida provides additional $3.1M for hurricane recovery efforts

DeSantis commemorated 3-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis arrives at a news conference, near the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami. On Sunday, Sept. 12, three Republican presidential prospects, including DeSantis, sharply condemned President Joe Bidens handling of the end of the war in Afghanistan, rebuking the administrations conduct of the U.S. withdrawal as weak and as emboldening its adversaries. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) (Wilfredo Lee, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis commemorated the three-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael at a news conference Friday morning in the Florida Panhandle.

The governor, joined by Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Dane Eagle and Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie at the Bay County Emergency Operations Center, discussed continuing the recovery process for communities affected by the 2018 hurricane.

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“When you have a storm of that magnitude, this is not something that can be dealt with in days, weeks or months,” DeSantis said. “Today, we’re actually proud to announce an additional $3.1 million in hazard mitigation matching awards from the Department of Economic Opportunity.”

Of the money distributed by FEMA’s hazard mitigation program, $2.67 million will be given to Bay, Gaston and Leon counties for generators, emergency services improvements in water lines, critical facilities and infrastructure generators.