Escambia County officials received notification that FEMA has denied the state’s request for an emergency declaration 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. Governor Scott’s office has indicated they will be contacting the President about the original request for federal assistance for Escambia County residents. If Individual Assistance is approved, disaster assistance like low interest loans, grants, and temporary housing assistance may be offered