REISTERSTOWN, Md. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated $3,898,000 in Public Assistance (PA) funds for the State of Maryland. The funds will help in speeding the recovery process and help jurisdictions return to normal operations. Costs associated with the December 2009 severe winter storm and snowstorm will be reimbursed at 75 percent.
"We're pleased to provide these funds to help with the recovery," said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer Regis Leo Phelan. "State and local officials and FEMA PA Coordinators worked together to get Requests for Public Assistance forms completed and filed in a timely manner. This partnership made it possible to expedite obligating funds to Maryland."
Eligible applicants include the State, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations. Federal assistance is made available on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures (Category B), including snow assistance for designated localities.
"The December storms left a lot of damage," said State Coordinating Officer Richard Muth. "This reimbursement of costs by FEMA will support the rebuilding of Maryland’s infrastructure. It will make a difference to many agencies, localities and private nonprofit organizations as they work to recover."
The Maryland counties designated for Public Assistance funding are Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, Talbot and the Independent City of Baltimore.
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.