The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced the awarding of $32,501 in post-disaster recovery funds to reimburse Halifax County and $144,989 to reimburse the Halifax County Service Authority for damages and disaster-related expenditures associated with Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael in the fall of 2018.

Funds are made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program.

Of the $14.7 million awarded across the country, the commonwealth contributed over $2 million.

 “Expediting the federal funding to impacted public entities is a crucial component of the recovery process,” said Jeff Stern, VDEM state coordinator.

Virginia is expected to receive approximately $73 million in federal funding for both disasters.

Over the past nine months VDEM worked with FEMA to process 235 grant projects while coordinating with 75 different public entities.