PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Five months after December's ice storm pummeled the region, nearly $15 million in federal aid has been obligated to help New Hampshire recover from last winter's devastating storm.
"This assistance is going to help ease the burden on local communities as they work to complete the cleanup," said Nick Russo, FEMA's federal coordinating officer. "We have a strong partnership with the state and that's made for an efficient recovery process."
Following the presidential disaster declaration on January 2, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) began a joint recovery effort.
"This storm really put the squeeze on town budgets around the state," said Mike Poirier, state coordinating officer. "This assistance has gone a long way to help our local governments recover from this historic event."
Through FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) program, federal funding is provided to local governments and municipalities for the repair, replacement, or restoration of public facilities, as well as costs incurred for disaster cleanup or emergency actions taken to protect lives or property.
The federal share of eligible recovery costs is 75 percent, while the remainder is split between the state and local government. The PA Program is only activated following a presidential disaster declaration and provides grant assistance to applicants including state agencies, local governments, and certain non-profit organizations.
FEMA's PA Program may only provide assistance for projects that are located in a disaster-declared area and are the legal responsibility of an eligible applicant. The program cannot provide assistance for projects that are under the jurisdiction of other federal agencies, such as roads and bridges that are a part of the federal highway system or facilities located on federal lands like wildlife refuges and national parks.
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.