WINDSOR, Conn. -- The powerful storms that hit the Northeast last month caused some of the worst flooding to occur in Massachusetts in several years, affecting Barnstable, Berkshire, Dukes, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire and Plymouth counties. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announces that one of the areas it will assist in its recovery efforts are private non-profit facilities.
Private non-profits, or PNPs, are facilities that provide essential services that must remain uninterrupted during the early days of a disaster. They include medical and rehabilitation facilities, homeless shelters, utility companies, libraries and educational facilities, among others.
Eligible PNPs that may be eligible for assistance from FEMA may apply directly for funds for emergency services, which include debris removal and emergency protective measures such as overtime for emergency personnel and temporary facilities. Funds for permanent repairs have additional criteria that must be met. PNP organizations are urged to contact their county emergency managers to obtain information about local briefings. At the meeting, PNP representatives will provide information about their organization.
"Private non-profits are an essential part of any community," said Michael L. (Mike) Parker, Federal Coordinating Officer for the Joint Field Office in Windsor. "FEMA is proud to be part of this area?s efforts to return to normalcy by offering assistance to these facilities."
Although any eligible PNP may apply for funds for emergency services, only those that supply critical services may apply for funds for permanent repairs. Included in this category are emergency medical services, power and water companies, sewer and wastewater treatment plants, and fire and rescue departments. If a PNP does not provide critical services, they may apply to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for a disaster loan for emergency repairs.
"We are encouraging all PNPs to contact their state?s emergency preparedness office and attend the regional applicant briefings," said Kenneth McBride, Acting Director for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency office. "FEMA funds are out there, and the only way to find out what you qualify for is to contact us."
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.