FEMA Approves $18 Million to Reimburse Jacksonville State University for Disaster Recovery Project

ATLANTA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to support Alabama communities recovering from a tornado and severe weather on March 19-20, 2018 that caused damage in Calhoun, Cullman, Etowah and St. Clair counties. Hugh Merrill Hall at Jacksonville State University was damaged during the storm. More than $18 million has been awarded to replace the building.

The grant is provided through FEMA’s Public Assistance program which reimburses eligible applicants up to 75 percent for actions taken in response to and recovery from a disaster. The remaining project costs are covered by non-federal sources.

FEMA is providing funding for this project directly to the state to be administered through the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. Following the state’s review process and upon receipt of appropriate documents from the applicant, the state will distribute the funds on a reimbursable basis.

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program can be found at https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit.


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