The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a request by the state of Florida for an emergency declaration following the tornadoes that ravaged northeast Pensacola and Century last month.
Escambia County received notification that FEMA had denied the state’s request for the federal funding assistance as a result of the February 2016 tornadoes and severe weather. FEMA determined that the damage did not meet the severity to receive supplemental federal assistance for Public Assistance, or aid to local governments.
No response has yet been received for the request for Individual Assistance and SBA assistance. According to county officials, Florida governor Rick Scott’s office has indicated they will be contacting President Obama about the original request for federal assistance for county residents. If Individual Assistance is approved, disaster assistance programs, such as low interest loans, grants, and temporary housing assistance may be offered.