Hurricane Sally

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Hurricane Sally swept over the Florida panhandle, making landfall on September 16, 2020 as a Category 2 hurricane, and bringing heavy rainfall and flooding.

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that the state of Florida would receive CDBG-DR funding to support long-term recovery and mitigation efforts following Hurricane Sally. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is the governor-designated state authority responsible for administering these funds. Working with Florida’s impacted communities, DEO’s Office of Long-Term Resiliency (OLTR) has developed an action plan to guide how this funding will address unmet recovery and mitigation needs following Hurricane Sally.

Proposed Rebuild Florida programs for communities impacted by Hurricane Sally, pending HUD approval of the Hurricane Sally Action Plan for Disaster Recovery, are listed below:

Housing Programs

  • Subrecipient Housing Repair and Replacement Program - A subrecipient administered program designed to repair, replace or reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Sally.
  • Rebuild Florida Voluntary Home Buyout Program - Designed to encourage risk reduction through the purchase of residential property in high flood-risk areas to help reduce the impact of future disasters.
  • Workforce Affordable Housing Construction Program - Designed to construct new affordable rental housing in areas impacted by Hurricane Sally.

Infrastructure Programs

  • Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Repair Program Subrecipient administered program designed to fund infrastructure restoration and improvement projects in communities impacted by Hurricane Sally.

Economic Revitalization Programs

  • Rebuild Florida Hometown Revitalization Program -  Designed to support the recovery of economic activity in commercial areas of Hurricane Sally impacted towns and cities, facilitating the return and recovery of businesses, jobs and provision of goods and services to the community.
  • Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program - Designed to provide funding opportunities for local workforce development boards, educational institutions and technical centers located in the communities most impacted by Hurricane Sally to train new workers in construction trades.  

State Action Plan

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) led the state's efforts in creating the federally required State Action Plan that provides a high-level strategy for how the funding will be used to address eligible communities' long-term recovery and mitigation needs. The State Action Plan was developed with input from state and community partners, as well as citizens, to determine the remaining long-term recovery needs and most critical disaster mitigation needs.

The State Action Plan was posted for a 30-day public comment period beginning May 6, 2022 and ending June 6, 2022, during which comments were submitted on the State Action Plan. The State Action Plan, as approved by HUD, is below:

Eligible Counties

The five counties identified as Most Impacted and Distressed (MID) are eligible for Hurricane Sally CDBG-DR programs. In the aftermath of the storm, HUD identified one MID county (Escambia) and one MID zip code (32583) from which operations will extend to the entire county (Santa Rosa). The state of Florida identified an additional three MID counties (Bay, Okaloosa, and Walton).

Hurricane Sally Most Impacted and Distressed Areas. HUD designated MID areas: Escambia County, Santa Rosa County. State designated MID areas: Okaloosa County, Walton County, Bay County

Public Hearing

To provide more information on the next steps for the state of Florida, community partners and local communities, DEO hosted virtual public hearings on:

  • Tuesday May 24, 2022 at 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT, 2:00-3:00 p.m. CDT.
  • Friday June 3, 2022 at 10:00-11:00 a.m. EDT, 9:00-10:00 a.m. CDT.
    At the time of the virtual public hearing, you can join by clicking here.

Links to the public hearing transcript and slide deck are available below. Following the public hearings, a recording will be embedded below.

June 3, 2022
Transcript | Transcripción
Slide Deck | Presentación de Diapositivas

May 24, 2022
Transcript | Transcripción
Slide Deck | Presentación de Diapositivas

Hurricane Sally Timeline

Timeline of DEO disaster recovery actions is below.  The timeline will be updated with the most recent information as it becomes available.

  • September 16, 2020: Hurricane Sally makes landfall.
  • October 29, 2021: HUD announces that Florida will receive $113,191,000 in CDBG-DR funding to support long-term recovery in response to Hurricane Sally.
  • February 3, 2022: HUD published the Federal Register guidance formally announcing the allocation of CDBG-DR funds and the regulations guiding the administration of these funds.
  • March 2022: DEO begins analysis of unmet needs.
  • March 22, 2022: HUD announces that the State of Florida will receive an additional $74,192,000 to aid in recovery efforts following Hurricane Sally, for a total allocation of $187,383,000. 
  • May 6, 2022: DEO posted draft of the State Action Plan for 30-day public comment period.
  • May 24, 2022: As part of the development of the State Action Plan, DEO hosted a virtual public hearing to provide more information on the next steps for the state of Florida, community partners and local communities.
  • June 6, 2022: 30-day public comment period ended.
  • August 12, 2022: HUD approves the 2022 Action Plan for Disaster Recovery 

2022 Federal Register

The Federal Register provides guidance on HUD program requirements to state and local governments. Below are links to the federal register guidance applicable to funding associated with Hurricane Sally.

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