LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today it has disbursed $563,274.57 in public assistance funds to reimburse state, county, local governments and certain non-profit organizations for losses suffered from record and near -record snowfall which occurred Dec. 29, 2004 through Jan. 2, 2005.
“When the President declared certain Nevada counties eligible for federal funding for emergency protective measures under the Public Assistance Program,” said Philip E. Parr, federal coordinating officer, “funds became available for the reimbursement of eligible costs. These include equipment, contracts and personnel overtime related to emergency services in dealing with snow.” Related emergency protective measures such as sanding and salting were also eligible for reimbursement.
Frank Siracusa, director of the Nevada Division of Emergency Management and state coordinating officer for the Snow Emergencies, said “These much appreciated dollars will reimburse Nevada counties, cities, Tribes and certain not-for-profit organizations 75 per cent of the total eligible costs of activities which protected lives, public health and safety following the snow storms.”
Public Assistance grants, to date, were distributed as follows:
Airport Authority of Washoe County; Canyon General Improvement District; City of Carlin; Carson City, Cave Rock Estates General Improvement Board; Churchill County; Desert Research Institute; Douglas County; Douglas County School District; Elko Band Council; City of Elko; Elko County School District; Eureka County; Humboldt County; Kingsbury General Improvement District; Lakeridge General Improvement District; Lander County Public Works; Lincoln County; Logan Creek Estates General Improvement District; Nye County; Oliver Park General Improvement District; Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority; Regional Transportation Commission; Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority; Reno Sparks Indian Colony; Skyland General Improvement District; State of Nevada Buildings and Grounds; Storey County Emergency Management; Truckee Meadows Community College; University of Nevada at Reno; Washoe County; White Pine County Road Department; City of Winnemucca; Yomba Shoshone Tribe; Zephyr Knolls General Improvement District.
FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and effectively manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.