HARRISBURG, Pa. --The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced the deadline is approaching to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) for damage resulting from the February 5-11, 2010 severe winter storms and snowstorms. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania became a presidentially declared disaster area on April 16, 2010, and the RPA deadline is 30 days after the declaration. To apply, county and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in declared counties must submit an RPA to PEMA by Sunday, May 16, 2010.
"We have been holding Applicant Briefings throughout the affected counties in the Commonwealth to get the information out on the Federal reimbursement policy for snow damage. We want every eligible locality registered before the deadline so they do not miss out," said PEMA Director and State Coordinating Officer Robert P. French.
Federal 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 for emergency protective measures, including snow assistance.
Federal Coordinating Officer Regis Leo Phelan said, “FEMA will continue to assist the Commonwealth with the Applicant Briefings. We have FEMA Public Assistance Coordinators (PACs) partnering with Commonwealth PACs at the briefings to answer questions about the snow policy and help applicants complete the forms.”
The Disaster Declaration includes the counties of Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Philadelphia, Somerset, Westmoreland and York.
For additional information on how to apply for snow assistance, please visit the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency web site at www.pema.state.pa.us.
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