WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Virginia to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms and snowstorms during the period of February 5-11, 2010.
Federal funding is available to commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and snowstorms in the counties of Albemarle, Appomattox, Arlington, Augusta, Buckingham, Caroline, Clarke, Craig, Culpeper, Essex, Fairfax, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Frederick, Greene, Highland, King George, Loudoun, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Prince William, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Tazewell, and Warren, and the independent cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Manassas Park, Waynesboro, and Winchester.
In addition, assistance is available to the commonwealth and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures, including snow assistance, for a continuous 48-hour period during or proximate to the incident period in the following areas: the counties of Arlington, Augusta, Clarke, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, Highland, Loudoun, Prince William, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Warren, and the independent cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, Manassas Park,Waynesboro, and Winchester.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties within the commonwealth.
Regis Leo Phelan has been named the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected areas. Phelan said that additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the commonwealth and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
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.