NEWINGTON, N.H. -- A briefing is scheduled in Kennebec 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 have announced.
Kennebec and Washington 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. Briefings for the other counties including Washington County have already taken place.
Under President Bush’s March 14 emergency declarations, FEMA will provide reimbursement to state agencies, local governments, and eligible private non-profit organizations for 75 percent of the total eligible costs for materials (such as salt and sand) and equipment used, contracts, and personnel overtime related to emergency services in dealing with the snow.
FEMA/State Applicant Briefing Schedule:
Hill House (Commissioner’s Conf. Rm.)
125 State St., Augusta
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.