PORTSMOUTH, NH - Aid to New Hampshire communities to assist in recovery from the severe winter snow and ice storms that wreaked havoc on the state between Dec. 11 and 23, 2008 has surpassed the $5 million mark for funds approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). To date $5,022,578 in FEMA relief funds have been obligated to affected communities, mostly for debris cleanup and emergency protective measures.
FEMA and the New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) continue to work with towns, state agencies, and eligible non-profits throughout the state to provide funding to ease the burden of these storms on local entities. Requests for aid have been received from 205 eligible applicants statewide.
“Although we have $5 million obligated already we anticipate the total aid from this event to be much higher,” said Nick Russo, FEMA’s coordinating officer for the disaster. “We are working with our state partners to get assistance to the locals as soon as possible.”
The funds allocated thru FEMA’s Public Assistance program are distributed on a cost share basis with FEMA providing 75 percent of eligible costs and state and local government paying 25 percent. This program provides funding after a federally declared disaster for debris cleanup, emergency measures to protect lives or property, and repair, replacement or restoration of public facilities damaged in the storms.