REISTERSTOWN, M.D. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated a total of $10,406,338 in Public Assistance (PA) funds to date for the State of Maryland. Additional funds will be obligated as FEMA continues to process project worksheets for costs associated with the December 2009 severe winter storms and snowstorms. The State will be reimbursed at 75 percent to help speed the recovery process.
"We realize how important these funds are in working toward a full recovery," said FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Regis Leo Phelan. "State and local officials and FEMA PA Coordinators worked together to get the Requests for Public Assistance forms completed and filed in a timely manner. This partnership is vitally important in obligating funds to the State."
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, including snow assistance for designated localities.
"The December storms caused a lot of damage to our infrastructure," said State Coordinating Officer Richard Muth. "The reimbursements from FEMA will go a long way in the return to normal operations for many agencies, localities and private nonprofit organizations."
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.