REISTERTOWN, MD -- The Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have granted an extension to apply for Federal funds for damage sustained following the December 18-20, 2009 severe winter storm and snowstorm. Applicants now have until April 19, 2010, to file for Federal Public Assistance funds for repairs to infrastructure.
Eligible applicants include the State and eligible local governments and certain private non-profit organizations. The funds are available on a cost-sharing basis, for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. Funds are also available to designated counties for emergency protective measures, including snow assistance.
Maryland Emergency Management Agency Director Richard Muth said, “The deadline is normally 30 days after the date of the declaration, which was on February 19th. We urge applicants to meet the new filing date so we can expedite the disbursement of funds locally.”
The disaster declaration includes the counties of Baltimore, Caroline, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery and Queen Anne’s.
Federal Coordinating Officer Regis Leo Phelan said, “The extension will give MEMA more time to advocate with and for their impacted localities and private non-profit groups in an effort to solicit additional applications for assistance as quickly as possible. We are encouraging applicants not to miss out on this extended opportunity to request federal assistance.”
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.