State redirects funds to prepare for possible Ebola threat

Letter from State Surgeon General to CDC:

Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2920 Brandywine Road
Atlanta, GA 30341

Re: 5U90TP000508-03
Notice of Redirection of Funds

Dear Dr. Frieden,

This letter is to notify you of the Florida Department of Health’s action to redirect funds under the Notice of Award listed above, in order to strengthen Florida’s preparedness efforts related to the emerging Ebola threat.

The Department is immediately redirecting $250,000 of unobligated Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funds and $1 million of unobligated Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) funds. Further, the Department intends to redirect additional unobligated and carry forward funds from these grant programs ($1.8 million from HPP and $4.0 million from PHEP) for the purchase of additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and to further enhance our readiness for Ebola and other emerging diseases.

Thank you for your prompt attention.


John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS
State Surgeon General & Secretary