Hurricane Michael

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On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane, causing catastrophic damage to communities in the Florida Panhandle. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is committed to helping Florida's communities recover from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Michael. DEO is the governor-designated state authority responsible for administering all U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) long-term recovery funds (CDBG-DR funding) awarded to the state. 

On May 14, 2020, DEO announced that the state's action plan for $735 million in funding for long-term recovery efforts for Hurricane Michael-impacted communities has been submitted to HUD. HUD now has 45 days to either approve or disapprove the State Action Plan. Then the process of developing a final grant agreement begins.


State Action Plan

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) led the state's efforts in creating the federally required State Action Plan that provides a high-level strategy for how the funding will be used to address eligible communities' long-term recovery needs. The State Action Plan was developed with input from state and community partners, as well as citizens, to determine the remaining long-term recovery needs.

The State Action Plan submitted to HUD is posted below.

A Spanish version of the plan will be available shortly once translation is complete.

DEO held a 30-day public comment period during which comments were submitted on the State Action Plan. A summary of comments is included in the State Action Plan.

Webinar

To provide more information on the next steps for the state of Florida, community partners and local communities, DEO hosted a webinar on Friday, February 21, 2020. The recording of the webinar is embedded below and the transcript is available here.

Community Workshops

As part of the development of the State Action Plan, DEO hosted a series of public workshops in communities impacted by Hurricane Michael to seek input for the use of CDBG-DR funds. Times and locations are shown below and the presentation slides are available here.  

Washington County
Date: Wednesday, February 12
Time: 9:00a.m. – 11:00a.m. CST
Location: Washington County Agricultural Center
1424 Jackson Avenue
Chipley, FL 32428


Gulf County
Date: Wednesday, February 12
Time: 3:30p.m. – 5:00p.m. EST
Location: Port St. Joe City Commission Chambers
2775 Garrison Avenue
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

Franklin County
Date: Thursday, February 13
Time: 9:30a.m. – 11:30a.m. EST
Location: City of Apalachicola Community Center
1 Bay Avenue
Apalachicola, FL 32320

Calhoun County
Date: Thursday, February 13
Time: 4:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. CST
Location: Calhoun County BOCC Meeting Room
20816 Central Avenue East
Blountstown, FL 32424


Bay County
Date: Friday, February 14
Time: 9:00a.m. – 11:00a.m. CST
Location: Gulf Coast State College
Language and Literature Building
5230 US-98, Panama City, FL 32401

Gadsden County
Date: Friday, February 14
Time: 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. EST
Location: Kelly Campbell Community Center
415 Cooper Street
Quincy, FL 32351


Bay County
Date: Wednesday, February 19
Time: 10:00a.m. – 11:30a.m. CST
Location: Public Works Building
114 north 22nd Street
Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Jackson County
Date: Wednesday, February 19
Time: 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. CST
Location: Chipola College Culture Center
3094 Indian Circle
Marianna, FL 32446


Liberty County
Date: Thursday, February 20
Time: 3:00p.m. – 4:30p.m. EST
Location: Veterans Memorial Civic Center
10405 NW Theo Jacobs Way
Bristol, FL 32321

Hurricane Michael Timeline

Timeline of DEO disaster recovery actions is below.  The timeline will be updated with the most recent information as it becomes available.

  • October 10, 2018: Hurricane Michael makes landfall. DEO advocates on behalf of the state of Florida to HUD and to Congress for funding for the CDBG-DR program. DEO works closely with state and federal partners including: FDEM, FEMA, and HUD.

  • November 2018 - Feb. 2019: DEO participates in local stakeholder meetings to gather projections of unmet needs, evaluate programs that could be created or expanded, and research best practices from other states.

  • March 2019: DEO begins unmet needs assessment in impacted areas.

  • May 2019: DEO launches online Hurricane Michael Long-Term Recovery Survey.  

  • May 7, 2019: DEO Office of Disaster Recovery leadership travels to Washington DC specifically to advocate for funding for Michael-impacted communities.

  • May 8, 2019: $448 million in CDBG-DR funding announced for Florida communities affected by Hurricane Michael.

  • December 3, 2019: Additional $287 million in CDBG-DR funding announced for Hurricane Michael-impacted communities, bringing the total amount to $735 million.

  • January 27, 2020: HUD published the Federal Register necessary for DEO to work with partners to develop the federally required State Action Plan.

  • February 12 - 20, 2020: DEO hosted a series of public workshops in communities impacted by Hurricane Michael to seek input for the use of CDBG-DR funds.

  • February 21, 2020: As part of the development of the State Action Plan, DEO hosted a webinar to provide more information on the next steps for the state of Florida, community partners and local communities.

  • March 5, 2020: DEO closes out Hurricane Michael Long-Term Recovery Survey.

  • March 11, 2020: DEO posted draft of the State Action Plan for public comment.

  • April 10, 2020: The public comment period for the draft of the State Action Plan closed. 

  • May 14, 2020: DEO submits State Action Plan to HUD. HUD has 45 days to approve or disapprove the plan.

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