HANOVER, Md. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announces that it is expanding assistance to Montgomery County to repair or replace public facilities damaged by the recent storms and flooding. Governmental entities, municipal authorities, and certain private nonprofit organizations are now eligible for all categories of Public Assistance.
"Our continuing commitment is to ensure that the vital community services and infrastructures stay running as efficiently as possible," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Bill Lokey. "Montgomery County is now eligible for the categories of Public Assistance that both Caroline and Dorchester Counties are eligible for under the federal declaration requested by Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich and Approved by President George W. Bush on July 2, 2006," added Lokey.
Under the expanded assistance, FEMA said affected local governments in Montgomery County are eligible to apply for federal funds to pay 75 percent of the approved cost for all categories of public assistance related to the disaster. The categories include debris removal, emergency protective measures, repairing or replacing damaged roads and bridges; water control facilities, buildings and equipment; utilities and parks, recreational facilities and other items.
Procedures for requesting the assistance will be explained at an applicant briefings for local officials Wednesday, August 2 at the Montgomery Council Office Building, Third Floor Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville, Md. from 10:00 to noon.
FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.