HARRISBURG, PA -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency announced today that FEMA has obligated $1,048,000 in Public Assistance (PA) funds to Pennsylvania to reimburse the Commonwealth, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for costs and damage associated with the February 5-11 winter snowstorms. Additional funds will be obligated as FEMA continues to process Request for Public Assistance applications. To date, PEMA has paid out more than $300,000 to local governments and private nonprofit organizations and continues to process payments daily.
The Federal disaster declaration for Pennsylvania was issued on April 16, 2010. “The snowstorms cost the affected local governments a great deal,” said State Coordinating Officer Robert French. “The reimbursements from FEMA will go a long way in the return to normal operations for many agencies, localities and private nonprofits.”
The funds are available on a cost-sharing basis, for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the storms. Reimbursement is also available to designated jurisdictions for emergency protective measures, including snow assistance for public property damaged during the winter snowstorms.
"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 more quickly.”
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.
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.