Pasadena, Calif. -- Two Calaveras County agencies are being granted $84,953 in Public Assistance (PA) funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) for disaster recovery associated with the severe winter storms that swept the state earlier this year.
The funds will reimburse the Ebbetts Pass Fire Protection District and the Calaveras County Water District for costs associated with emergency response measures taken during the storms. FEMA's total share of the funding is $67,962 while Cal EMA's share is $16,990. This represents 100 percent of the obligated funding to eligible agencies in the county.
The PA funding is being made available to public agencies in Calaveras County on a cost-sharing basis after the storms between January 17 and February 6 caused flooding, and debris and mud flows.
The water district will receive $60,588 and the fire district $24,365. Each agency also is responsible for 6.25 percent of its total share.
The fire district is being reimbursed for costs related to its Emergency Operations Center and responding to emergency calls related to the storms.
The water district is being reimbursed for employee overtime and heavy equipment utilized to maintain the function of their water and sewer treatment plants during the storm.
"After a federally declared disaster, funding for emergency response measures is a critical part of the recovery process," according to Sandy Coachman, federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
Cal EMA Secretary Matthew Bettenhausen agrees.
"We recognize that the storms earlier this year have placed a financial burden on many California agencies," said Bettenhausen, who also serves as state coordinating officer for the disaster. "The reimbursements approved by FEMA and Cal EMA will substantially reduce that burden."
Calaveras County was one of six counties included in President Obama's March 8 disaster declaration requested by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, making it eligible for the federal funding. The other counties included in the declaration are Imperial, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Siskiyou.
The primary goal of the PA program administered by FEMA and Cal EMA is to provide reimbursement for eligible expenses for debris removal and emergency response as well as the repair or replacement of damaged public facilities.
Under the PA program, FEMA reimburses eligible applicants 75 percent of their eligible expenses. In California, Cal EMA pays 18.75 percent of the eligible costs incurred by city and county agencies and special districts, with local agencies picking up the remaining 6.25 percent.
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.