Hurricane Michael

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. 

While HUD has not yet announced funding to support long-term recovery efforts following Hurricane Michael, the DEO Office of Disaster Recovery is moving forward with every action possible to ensure the expeditious distribution of funding to affected communities as soon as it is allocated by the federal government.

This includes developing a federally required unmet needs assessment. The unmet needs assessment summarizes Hurricane Michael impacts and the remaining recovery needs across three sectors: (1) Housing, (2) the economy, and (3) infrastructure by gathering, analyzing and interpreting more than 20 state and federal government data sources.

Input from local stakeholders will be critical to this unmet needs assessment. DEO has created an online survey to generate feedback on unmet recovery needs and long-term recovery priorities of impacted communities. The survey is available below:



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.

  • Oct. 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.

  • Nov. 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.

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

  • 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.

  • DEO is awaiting mandatory guidance from HUD for the $448 million in long-term recovery funds. This guidance must be posted in the Federal Register before the funding can be used for recovery projects.

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  • Jamesha Cox

    (850) 717-8404
  • Amanda Iscrupe

    (850) 717-8432

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