Snow Disaster Requests For Public Assistance Deadline Nears For Localities

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Release date: 
April 8, 2010
Release Number: 
1874-002

RICHMOND, Va. - The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced there is just one week left for localities and private nonprofits to submit Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs) for damage resulting from the December 18-20, 2009 severe winter storm and snowstorm. The deadline is April 15, 2010.

RICHMOND, Va. - The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced there is just one week left for localities and private nonprofits to submit Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs) for damage resulting from the December 18-20, 2009 severe winter storm and snowstorm. The deadline is April 15, 2010.

The Commonwealth of Virginia became a presidentially declared disaster area on February 16, 2010. The RPA deadline is normally 30 days after the declaration. At VDEM’s initial request, a two-week extension was granted. However, when Commonwealth emergency management officials requested more time to encourage the submission of additional RPAs, another two-week extension was granted to Thursday, April 15, 2010.

"It is important for every eligible locality or private nonprofit organization with snow damage to get help. Some local officials and organizations aren’t aware they may be able to receive reimbursement for their expenses recovering from the storms," said Commonwealth Coordinating Officer Michael M. Cline. "We want to encourage wide attendance at applicant briefings so everyone is up to date on their eligibility under the new Federal snow policy."

Eligible applicants include the Commonwealth, local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations. The funds are available on a cost-sharing basis, for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the storms. Funds are also available to designated jurisdictions for emergency protective measures (Category B), including snow assistance.

Federal Coordinating Officer Regis Leo Phelan said, "FEMA operates in a close partnership with VDEM. Because we consider emergency managers our customers, we make every effort to assist them in the interaction with their various jurisdictions. The extensions will result in a stronger preparedness climate for the Commonwealth as a whole."

The Disaster Declaration includes the counties of Albemarle, Alleghany, Amherst, Arlington, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt, Buchanan, Caroline, Culpeper, Dickenson, Fairfax, Grayson, Greene, Hanover, Highland, Lee, Louisa, Madison, Montgomery, Nelson, Orange, Page, Prince William, Rockbridge, Russell, Scott, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Wise and the independent cities of Alexandria, Charlottesville, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, Manassas Park, Norton, Staunton, and Waynesboro.

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.

The Commonwealth of Virginia became a presidentially declared disaster area on February 16, 2010. The RPA deadline is normally 30 days after the declaration. At VDEM’s initial request, a two-week extension was granted. However, when Commonwealth emergency management officials requested more time to encourage the submission of additional RPAs, another two-week extension was granted to Thursday, April 15, 2010.   

"It is important for every eligible locality or private nonprofit organization with snow damage to get help. Some local officials and organizations aren’t aware they may be able to receive reimbursement for their expenses recovering from the storms," said Commonwealth Coordinating Officer Michael M. Cline. "We want to encourage wide attendance at applicant briefings so everyone is up to date on their eligibility under the n...

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