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State of Florida’s first successful obligation under FEMA’s alternative public assistance procedures

State of Florida’s first successful obligation under FEMA’s alternative public assistance procedures

CDR Maguire, working on behalf of Jackson County, received approval for FEMA’s first successful obligation under the Public Assistance Alternative Procedures program (PAAP) in the state of Florida. The CDR Maguire Team was also able to identify an additional $25 million in funding above FEMA’s preliminary damage assessment of $6 million through additional site assessments and by identifying mitigation opportunities.

Jackson County engaged CDR Maguire to assist as part of greater recovery efforts following severe storms that affected the Florida Panhandle in late April and early May of 2014. Numerous roads were damaged, with some being completely washed away. Working with State and Federal counterparts, CDR Maguire conducted over 1,000 site visits on more than 825 miles of roadway within a three-month period.

Through the PAAP Program, Jackson County is able to manage their dollars more effectively by enhancing projects before build back to minimally acceptable standards. These specifically targeted projects (i.e. paving roadways, raising roadways, etc.) will have a more significant benefit to the overall community.

ADDITIONAL PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:
FEMA’s Preliminary Damage Assessment indicated the county had experienced approximately $6 million in disaster-related damages. CDR Maguire was able to work with the county and FEMA to successfully identify additional disaster damages, raising the total to $31 million.
In getting the first approved PAAP program in the State of Florida, the CDR Maguire Team, in coordination with the State and FEMA, has defined the process and procedures for all future applicants in the state.
CDR Maguire will continue to work with the County to ensure they recover all eligible funding, as well as identify additional grant opportunities to create a more disaster-resistance county.