The major disaster declaration for the state of Florida has been amended to include the Public Assistance Program for Santa Rosa County. Through the PA program, FEMA provides supplemental federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities. The PA program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.
The initial major disaster declaration was approved on May 6. This allowed residents and businesses of Santa Rosa County to participate in FEMA's Individual Assistance Program. The IA program is designed to coordinate assistance for individuals, households, and businesses recovering from disaster or emergency impacts. The amendment now allows government entities to participate in the PA program.