WESTFIELD, MA. -- The Massachusetts and Federal Emergency Management Agencies (MEMA and FEMA) announced today that FEMA has awarded $1,050,102 in Public Assistance funds to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
These funds reimburse state agencies, local governments and private nonprofit organizations for costs associated with the January 11-12 severe winter storm and snowstorm. Additional funds will be obligated as FEMA continues to process applications.
Reimbursement is available on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures including snow assistance. Under this assistance qualified applicants can apply for federal funds to pay 75 percent of approved costs associated with the storm.
A federal disaster declaration for Massachusetts was issued on March 7, 2011 for the record or near-record snowstorm that strained the snow removal budgets of agencies and municipalities in seven counties. The disaster declaration includes Berkshire, Essex, Hampshire, Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties. Hampden was added to the declaration on May 3.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders and 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.