SMYRNA, Del. -- The catastrophic winter storms that overwhelmed Delaware in February left the state blanketed with record and near record snow amounts between February 5 and February11. The result was a presidential disaster declaration on March 31, 2010 which, to date, has resulted in federal grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) totaling more than $7.6 million dollars.
The declaration opened the door for Delaware to receive FEMA assistance through the Stafford Act, which is providing recovery assets to fund public assistance for 193 eligible state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a statewide basis and is inclusive of all three counties: Kent, New Castle, and Sussex.
"These funds provide financial relief to the impacted communities, especially during these challenging financial times," said Federal Coordinating Officer Regis Phelan, "They are critical in helping to restore funds spent responding to the snow disasters."
Delaware Emergency Management Director Jamie Turner stated, "The Disaster Assistance team, consisting of FEMA, is responsible for managing the Public Assistance program, ultimately approving grants, and providing technical assistance to the state and eligible applicants. The state educates potential applicants by holding Applicant Briefings, coordinates and supports FEMA in managing the program, and is responsible for implementing and monitoring the Disaster Assistance grants awarded under this program. Local officials are responsible for identifying damage, providing information necessary for FEMA to approve grants, and managing the project(s) funded under the program. "
The breakdown for obligated FEMA funds to eligible applicants includes:
Debris Removal $ 80,314.13
Protective Measures $ 6,189,864.50
Roads & Bridges $ 34,207.61
Public Buildings $ 115,447.50
Public Utilities $ 1,132,680.28
Recreational and Others $ 11,671.50
Administrative Costs $ 41,553.00
TOTAL $ 7,605,738.52
FEMA's Public Assistance program is available to the state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit ...