LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today it has obligated $991,201.68 million in Public Assistance Program funds to reimburse state, county, and local governments for losses suffered from the severe storms and flooding of January 7-13 in Clark and Lincoln Counties.
“This funding is the first in a series of obligations FEMA will make to the State of Nevada and its sub-grantees,” said Philip E. Parr, federal coordinating officer. “Permanent repairs to damaged facilities, such as roads, bridges, public buildings and utilities often represent a serious challenge to local governments. FEMA funding and technical assistance help with the restoration of such facilities to their pre-disaster design.”
“FEMA’s Public Assistance program lessens the negative effect of a disaster to not only those who were in harm's way, but the entire community as well. It's the PA program that deals with the recovery of damaged public infrastructure. This means facilities and services used by the entire community,” said State Coordinating Officer Frank Siracusa. “Local and State governments bear the responsibility of responding to and recovering from such devastating events, but many times they require supplemental assistance to effect full recovery.”
Sub-grantees include: City of Caliente, Caliente Volunteer Fire Department, Caliente Youth Center, Clark County School District, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, City of Mesquite, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Nevada Occupational Safety and Health, Panaca Fire Rescue Protection District, and the Virgin Valley Water 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.