The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's (DEO) has allocated $109 million in funding to the Rebuild Florida Hazard Mitigation Grant Match Program for Hurricane Michael to provide the required 25 percent local match to entities that have been awarded funding through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). These funds represent a unique and significant opportunity for the areas most impacted by recent disasters to carry out strategic and high impact activities to rebuild and harden infrastructure to prevent or reduce losses in future disasters. The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program to address unmet disaster recovery needs related to damage and ongoing impacts from Hurricane Michael.
The City of Panama City proposes submitting 10 applications to cover the local match portion of HMGP in several of the City’s most impacted areas. The projects, in total, cost approximately $65.4 million, with $16.4 million required as local match.
The City will hold a public hearing on the submission of these applications during the regularly scheduled City Commission Meeting on Tuesday, July 13th, 2021 at 8:00 AM. The City will begin a 14-day public comment period regarding the proposed Hazard Mitigation Grant Match Program applications starting June 30th , 2021 and ending on July 13th, 2021 at 5 PM. Comments on the proposed applications will be accepted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Project Title and Description||Local Match Cost|
Fire Station 1, 2, and 6 Wind Retrofit
The City of Panama City Fire Stations sustained damages from Hurricane Michael, except for Fire Station 2, resulting in full roof replacements for Fire Station 1 and 6. This wind retrofit project will enhance the windows and doors for Fire Stations 1, 2, and 6 by replacing all windows and doors to protect the employees and equipment at risk from a high wind event up to 175 miles per hour.
Fire Station 3 and 4 Wind Retrofit
The City of Panama City Fire Stations sustained damages from Hurricane Michael, resulting in full roof replacements for Fire Station 3 and 4. This wind retrofit project will strengthen Fire Stations 3 and 4 to safe room standards by replacing all windows and doors to protect the employees and equipment at risk from a high wind event up to 175 miles per hour.
Dwelling Wind Mitigation, Wind Retrofit
The Dwellings Wind Mitigation project will replace the windows and doors for five city-owned dwellings to protect the residents at risk from high winds and debris.
|Public Works Safe Room|
Panama City will construct a 3,000 square foot safe room and generator at the Public Works complex to protect the City’s Public Works staff in future hurricanes. By having staff at the public works complex immediately after an event, staff will be able to respond to the community quickly after a storm to perform emergency work.
Utilities Building Safe Room
Panama City will construct a 1,500 square foot safe room and generator at the Utility complex to protect the City’s Utility staff in future hurricanes. By having staff at the utility complex immediately after an event, staff will be able to respond to the community quickly after a storm to perform emergency work.
Millville Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Generator
The Millville WWTP is a critical facility that treats the sanitary sewage for approximately half of the City of Panama City. The WWTP is susceptible to storm surge and loss of power. The existing generator is currently in a vulnerable position on site. The proposed project is to install a new generator system in a protected location where City staff can maintain the function of the WWTP after an emergency.
EOC Safe Room, Wind Retrofit
Panama City will construct a 12,000 square foot safe room to act as an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) near the Police Headquarters. The proposed building will protect City emergency responders as well as the dispatch and IT systems for City Police.
Hospital Potable Water Supply
After Hurricane Michael, due to numerous breaks in the water distribution system, both hospitals in Panama City were without potable water from the distribution system for 14 days and were required to use water trucks to supply potable water. The proposed project is to install new well(s) and package treatment systems at both hospitals to ensure continuous potable water.
Lift Station & Sewer Hardening
This project identified lift stations and sanitary sewer pipes that experience flooding from rain and high groundwater. Additionally, the lift stations and sanitary sewer lines are vulnerable to storm surge, wave action and erosion. The project proposes to retrofit or relocate 14 lift stations, construct new gravity lines, and new force mains to protect the City of Panama City residents from sanitary sewer overflow.
The City of Panama City experiences flooding issues due to low lying area and slow flowing primary stormwater systems. Due to the substantial loss of trees the City has seen an increase in flooding. The city proposes to rehabilitate up to 300 acres of wetlands to store stormwater as well as install two new culverts on the Robinson Bayou channel to reduce flood risk to residents, commercial buildings, hospitals, and roads.