Today, Volunteer Florida announced the approval of a FEMA grant for more than $905,000 to provide disaster case management services and assist victims of the spring 2014 flooding in the Florida Panhandle. The grant will fund disaster case managers in Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Escambia counties who will work with panhandle residents to identify needs, develop recovery plans and navigate requirements for assistance.
In addition to the FEMA grant, Gov. Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida activated the Florida Disaster Fund in May 2014 following the flooding. Working closely with partners in impacted counties, including representatives from county governments and volunteers from community and faith-based organizations, the Volunteer Florida Foundation raised and distributed $250,000 in grants to local organizations to aid affected panhandle families with long-term recovery efforts.
“Emergency management, including disaster response, is a major part of Volunteer Florida’s mission in serving the people of Florida,” said Chester W. Spellman, Volunteer Florida CEO. “Our emergency management team worked tirelessly with flood-impacted counties to secure this federal grant so that our local partners can provide one-on-one support to families impacted by the spring flooding.”