NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Commonwealth and federal disaster officials announced today that local governments, which qualify for federal funding due to damage sustained from the November nor’easter / the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida, have until January 8, 2010, to submit their applications for federal public assistance / infrastructure repair funding.
These funds help qualifying local jurisdictions repair roads, bridges and other public property damaged in the severe storms and flooding. “To be considered for infrastructure repair funds, we must receive your application by the January 8th deadline,” said State Coordinator Michael Cline of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). This date, which is 30 days after the December 9th Presidential disaster declaration, is very important in the funding process and local officials are strongly encouraged to meet this deadline.
“FEMA wants to ensure that all local governments have sufficient time to make their requests,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Donald Keldsen of FEMA. “At the same time, we encourage applicants to get their requests in as soon as possible, because that will expedite the disbursement of program funds for the Commonwealth.”
Jurisdictions included in the Presidential Disaster Declaration include 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. Eligible applicants include Commonwealth and local governments, political subdivisions, special districts and certain non-profit organizations in the designated jurisdictions.
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.