NEWINGTON, N.H. – A briefing is scheduled in Washington County to explain the application process to obtain federal assistance for clean-up costs incurred from the record snowfall of February 10-11, U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials announced today. Briefings for the other counties have already taken place.
Washington and Kennebec counties were added to the snow declaration that previously included Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Knox, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset and York for the February storm. A briefing will be scheduled for Kennebec County at a later date.
Under President Bush’s March 14 emergency declarations, FEMA will provide reimbursement to state agencies, local governments, public utilities and eligible private non-profit organizations for 75 percent of the total eligible costs of equipment and personnel overtime related to emergency services in dealing with the snow. Related emergency measures such as sanding and salting will also be eligible for reimbursement.
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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.