NEWPORT NEWS—The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced a series of Public Assistance (PA) applicant briefings to help local governments and certain non-profits affected by the severe storms and flooding associated with Tropical Storm IDA and a Nor’easter in November.
These briefings are open to representatives of designated city and county governments as well as qualified non-profit organizations that suffered damages during the November Nor’easter. Applicants have until Jan. 8, 2010 (30 days from the date of disaster declaration) to submit an application to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management for federal and state financial assistance.
“Applicant Briefings are important to clarify eligibility issues, address insurance requirements, and explain Federal procurement standards,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Donald Keldsen. “It’s important that applicants submit their Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs) documentation before the deadline in order to be eligible for disaster funding."
Aid in the form of Public Assistance or infrastructure assistance is available to the counties of Halifax, Isle of Wight, King and Queen, Northampton and Surry and the independent cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. "These briefings are the first step for local governments and certain non-profits to be reimbursed for their disaster costs," said State Coordinator Michael Cline.
The Public Assistance Program provides federal funds to reimburse costs up to 75 percent for removing debris, conducting emergency activities and repairing levees, roads, bridges, utility and water control facilities, public buildings and parks.
Eligible Public Assistance applicants may attend an Applicant Briefing at a site most convenient to them. Briefings are set for:
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 9:30 a.m.
Wastewater & Storm Water Training Rooms
511 Oyster Point Road
Newport News, VA 23602
Thursday, Dec. 17, 9 a.m.
Virginia Beach Fire Training Academy
927 S. Birdneck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Mitigation measures designed to save lives, property and money in the future also will be coming to local communities thanks to separate federal funding triggered by the presidential declaration for Virginia. FEMA has set aside dollars for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), which is managed by VDEM. Commonwealth and federal mitigation experts will be available at the Applicant Briefings to answer questions.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.