ALBANY, N.Y. -- Help is on the way for some private non-profit organizations in nine New York counties affected by the December 2008 ice storm.
Some 30 non-profits applied for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under a major disaster declaration approved by President Obama in early March. The declaration triggered FEMA's Public Assistance program, covering 75 percent of eligible emergency costs for debris removal, emergency services and permanent work to repair damaged infrastructure.
The organizations include senior citizen centers, non-profit organizations offering ambulance and rescue services, universities, utility companies, and hospitals. New York State and applicants share the remaining 25 percent. To be eligible, the non-profits had to:
- Have a 501(c) designation, a state tax-exempt form, and bylaws;
- Have facilities or offer services of a governmental nature;
- Be located in one of the nine counties designated for federal disaster aid - Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, or Washington; and
- Have damages or expenses caused by the ice storm in December 2008.
To date, federal disaster aid is more than $11 million. Nearly $180,000 of those funds went to the following eligible non-profit organizations:
- Capital Region Geriatric Center - $4,747
- Heldenberg Ambulance - $1,469
- Marjorie Doyle-Rockwell Center - $1,980
- Siena College - $36,770
- Western Turnpike Rescue Squad - $9,381
- Hawthorne Valley Association - $10,318
- Delaware Co. Electric Coop - $93,058
- Castleton Volunteer Ambulance - $3,440
- Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center - $900
- Hawthorne Ridge Nursing Home - $2,613
- Hoosic Valley Rescue Squad - $3,002
- Samaritan Hospital - $2,100
- Glen Eddy Nursing Home - $9,532
FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Marianne C. Jackson oversees the federal operations. The New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO), headed by John R. Gibb, manages the Public Assistance program and works directly with applicants in the nine counties.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.