Portsmouth, N.H.. -- Deadlines are approaching for local officials in designated Maine counties to submit Requests for Public Assistance for reimbursement of snow removal costs incurred as a result of the record snowfalls of both Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 14-15, 2003, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said today.
The deadlines are as follows:
- Under President Bush's Jan. 15 emergency declaration for the Dec. 6-7 storms, the deadline for communities in the following Maine counties is Feb. 14: Aroostook, Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Somerset.
- Under President Bush's Jan. 26 emergency declaration for the Dec. 6-7 storms, the deadline for communities in the following Maine counties is Feb. 25: Androscoggin and Washington.
- Under President Bush's Jan. 26 emergency declaration for the Dec. 14-15 storms, the deadline for communities in the following Maine counties is Feb. 25: Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, and Washington
"Prospective applicants must submit their Requests to the Maine Emergency Management Agency by the deadline to be considered for the FEMA funds," said James N. Russo, federal coordinating officer for the disaster. "The forms may be mailed, faxed, or sent electronically."
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 the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.