Syracuse, NY -- Federal and State disaster experts will brief local officials on the Public Assistance program authorized by President Bush for 15 New York counties after a series of severe summer storms caused widespread flooding and spawned multiple tornadoes between July 21 and August 13, 2003.
"We are doing everything possible to expedite the disaster aid President Bush authorized to the affected communities," said Justo Hernández, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster recovery operation. "We encourage local officials to take advantage of this opportunity and learn about the steps they need to take to put their communities on the road to recovery."
President Bush's disaster designation, issued at the request of Governor George E. Pataki, allows local government entities and certain private non-profit organizations to recover costs for measures taken to save lives, ensure public health and safety, protect property, remove debris, and repair infrastructure. The federal government funds 75 percent of approved costs, the State of New York funds 12.5 percent, and the applicant is responsible for the remaining 12.5 percent.
"The briefings will give local officials the knowledge and tools they need to get their communities reimbursed for their disaster costs," said Edward F. Jacoby, Jr., State Coordinating Officer and director of the State Emergency Management Office. "Local officials should begin gathering their paperwork, contact their county emergency manager, and make plans to attend the briefing."
Wyoming, Madison and Sullivan counties were added this week to 12 others - Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chemung, Columbia, Delaware, Fulton, Livingston, Montgomery, Ontario, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates - designated for infrastructure assistance by President Bush on August 29, 2003.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages Citizens Corps, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U. S. Fire Administration.
September 30, 2003
|Wyoming County||1:00 p.m.* Wyoming County Public Safety Building
(County Government Center)
151 North Main Street
*12:45 p.m. Registration Begins
- From I-390 (From the East): Take exit 10 (Geneseo) and go West on US 20A. Follow Route 20A to Warsaw. Go North on NY 19 in Warsaw to the fountain and turn left on West Court Street. Turn right into the first parking lot. Walk North out of the parking lot to the Public Safety Building. The entrance is toward NY 19.
- From the SOUTH: Go North on NY 19 to Warsaw, continue to the fountain and turn left on West Court Street. Turn right into the first parking lot. Walk North out of the parking lot to the Public Safety Building. The entrance is toward NY 19.
- From the NORTH: Go South on NY19 to Warsaw, continue to the fountain and turn right on West Court Street. Turn right into the first parking lot. Walk North out of the parking lot to t...