REISTERSTOWN, Md. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has obligated a total of $15,433,361 in Public Assistance (PA) funds to Maryland for the December 18-20, 2009, and the February 5-11, 2010, severe winter storms and snowstorms. The storms resulted in Federal disaster declarations. The State will be reimbursed at 75 percent to help speed its recovery. Additional funds will be obligated as FEMA continues to process project worksheets for costs associated with the disasters.
"The December and February storms have been a heavy fiscal burden on the State. We want to work on getting our localities and State agencies reimbursed and in better financial shape before any future weather-related events," said State Coordinating Officer Richard Muth. "The Federal grants are very important."
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. The funds are obligated as follows:
December 18-20, 2009, winter storms and snowstorms … $14,144,208
February 5-11, 2010, winter storm and snowstorms …… $ 1,289,153
Total to Date ………… $15,433,361
"The funds will help move Maryland's recovery forward," said FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Regis Leo Phelan. "Our strong State/Federal relationship made it possible to efficiently process Requests for Public Assistance to get grant funds to the State."
The Maryland counties designated for Public Assistance funding under the disasters include the counties of Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, 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.