PORTLAND, Maine -- Briefings have been scheduled for local officials in Maine to explain how to apply for federal disaster aid in the wake of flooding in 11 counties between March 29 and May 3, 2005. The schedule is listed below.
Officials from the Maine Emergency Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said the briefing and kickoff meetings with local governments and state agencies will help them identify projects eligible for reimbursement through FEMA’s Public Assistance progra.m.. The applicants have 30 days to apply for assistance.
“These briefings are designed to help local officials understand eligibility requirements and the reimbursement process,” Arthur W. Cleaves, state coordinating officer said.
With the Presidential emergency declaration, local governments in the declared counties may apply for federal assistance to fund 75 percent of total eligible costs in seven categories including:
- Emergency debris removal costs
- Emergency protective measures
- Road systems
- Water control facilities
- Buildings and equip.m.ent
- Public utilities
- Recreation and other facilities
Officials stressed the importance of record keeping in this type of declaration where federal funds will reimburse specific local costs. “Having accurate, well-documented time records for equip.m.ent and personnel will speed up the reimbursement process,” said Philip L. Parr, acting federal coordinating officer.
Government entities eligible to participate include state agencies, local governments, public utilities and eligible private non-profit organizations.
|Kennebec County||July 6, Wednesday||9:30 a.m.||Hill House, 125 State Street, Augusta|
|Franklin County||July 6, Wednesday||1 p.m.||Farmington Fire Department, 153 Farmington Falls Rd, Farmington|
|Androscoggin County||July 7,Thursday||9:30 a.m.||Lewiston EOC, 45 Oak Street, Lewiston|
|Oxford County||July 7, Thursday||1 p.m.||Paris Fire Station, 137 Western Ave., South Paris|
|Knox County||July 8, Friday||9:30 a.m.||County Courthouse EMA Office, 62 Union St., Rockland|
|Hancock County||July 11, Monday||10 a.m.||Commissioner’s Meeting Room Courthouse, 50 State St., Ellsworth|
|Waldo County||July 11, Monday||1 p.m.||Troy Howard Middle School, Route 52, Belfast|
|Piscataquis County||July 12, Tuesday||9:30 a.m.||Courthouse, 51 E. Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft|
|Somerset County||July 12, Tuesday||1 p.m.||Somerset County Community Center, 8 County Drive, Skowhegan|
|Washington County||July 13, Wednesday||10 a.m.||Room 109, Science Building, Univ. of Maine, Machias|
|Lincoln County||July 14, Thursday||9:30 a.m.||Lincoln County Comm. Center,35 Bath Road, Rte 1, Wiscasset|
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