REISTERTOWN, MD. -- The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced there is just one week left for localities and private nonprofits to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) for damage resulting from the December 18-20, 2009 severe winter storm and snowstorm. The deadline is April 19, 2010.
The State of Maryland became a presidentially declared disaster area on February 19, 2010. The RPA deadline is normally 30 days after the declaration. At the State’s request, an extension was granted to give emergency management officials requested more time to encourage the submission of additional RPAs.
"It is important that every locality or private nonprofit that had snow damage and is eligible, gets help. Some local officials and organizations aren’t aware they may be able to receive reimbursement for their expenses recovering from the storms," said State Coordinating Officer Richard Muth "We want to encourage wide attendance at applicant briefings so everyone is up date on their eligibility under the new Federal snow policy."
Eligible applicants include the State, 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 the State. Keeping in mind emergency managers are our customers, we make every effort to assist them in their interaction with their jurisdictions."
The Disaster Declaration includes the counties of Baltimore, Caroline, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery and Queen Anne's.
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.