OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The State of Oklahoma working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that currently more then $10 million in Public Assistance has been distributed in Oklahoma. The federal funds were made available under the Disaster Declarations resulting from the two severe winter storms that began on Dec. 28 and Jan. 12.
The Public Assistance Program reimburses local government, state agencies, tribal nations and certain private non-profits with federal funding for 75 percent of eligible costs.
Reimbursement may also include expenses for the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities including:
- Public roads and bridges not on the Federal Aid System;
- Public water control facilities including dams and drainage channels;
- Public utilities such as water treatment, sewage treatment and electrical;
- Public buildings such as police and fire stations, libraries and public office buildings, including their vehicles and contents; and
- Public parks and recreation facilities including playgrounds, swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, ball fields, and boat ramps.
In addition to Public Assistance funds, all 77 counties in the State of Oklahoma are eligible for FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Mitigation is action taken to reduce and eliminate long-term risk to people and property from disasters.
HMGP provides grants to States and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration.
Eligible applicants for this funding include:
- State and local governments;
- Indian tribes or other tribal organizations; and
- Certain private non-profit organizations.
FEMA and the State continue to work together for Oklahomans affected by the storms.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.