CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management announced today that FEMA has obligated $1,397,000 in Public Assistance (PA) funds to West Virginia to reimburse the State and local governments for costs and damage associated with the December 18-20 snowstorm. Additional funds will be obligated as FEMA continues to process Project Worksheets.
A Federal disaster declaration was issued for West Virginia on March 2, 2010. “The storm cost the affected local governments and the State a great deal,” said State Coordinating Officer Jimmy Gianato. “The reimbursements from FEMA will go a long way in the return to normal operations for many agencies, localities and private nonprofit organizations.”
Eligible applicants include the State and 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, including snow assistance for public property damaged in the winter storm and snowstorm.
"We’re pleased to provide these funds to help with the recovery," said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer Regis Leo Phelan. "The State, local officials and FEMA PA Coordinators worked together to help applicants complete and file their requests. This partnership made it possible to obligate the funds in an efficient manner.”
The Presidential Disaster Declaration includes the counties of Boone, Calhoun, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, McDowell, Mingo, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Ritchie, Roane and Wyoming.
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.