REISTERSTOWN, M.D. -- The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced there are only a few days left to request FEMA aid for the severe winter storms impacting the area February 5-11, 2010, resulting in a disaster declaration for the State of Maryland. The deadline is Tuesday July 6.
Local officials, county agencies and certain private nonprofit organizations have less than a week left to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) for damage from the storms.
“It is important for localities and organizations with snow damage to find out if they’re eligible for assistance by sending in the RPA,” said State Coordinating Officer Richard Muth. “We do not want anyone to miss out on getting reimbursed for eligible costs associated with the disaster.”
Applicants may include the State, 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 damaged facilities. Reimbursement is also available for designated jurisdictions for emergency protective measures, including snow assistance.
Federal Coordinating Officer Regis Leo Phelan said, “FEMA Public Assistance Coordinators work closely with the State to help applicants complete the RPAs. We would like to see all applicants reimbursed for eligible costs associated with the snow disaster, but they must file before the deadline. There is still time.”
The Disaster Declaration includes the counties of Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico 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.