CONCORD, N.H. -- Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency would like to remind local governments, municipalities and non-profit agencies in Grafton and Coos counties to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) by August 22, 2011, if they implemented emergency measures or their infrastructure was affected during the spring flooding which occurred from May 26th through May 30th.
On July 22, 2011, the President declared a major disaster for Coos and Grafton counties for the flooding, making them eligible for cost reimbursement under FEMA's Public Assistance grant program. This program provides assistance to fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public facilities or infrastructure damaged or destroyed in a disaster. It also reimburses for eligible emergency measures taken to protect residents and property during storms.
Once the disaster is declared, FEMA conducts applicant briefings to inform potential applicants about available assistance and how to apply for it. An applicant briefing was held on August 2, 2011 in Lancaster. If a local government or organization did not attend the August 2 briefing, there is still time to request aid. For more information, please call Cindy Richard at 800-852-3792 or 603-223-3627.
An RPA must be filed with the state within 30 days after the area is designated eligible for assistance. A federal/state/local team works on formulating the project which includes documenting the impacted facility or community and the costs for repairing damages. Teams prepare a project worksheet and the applicant must provide receipts and other documentation before approval and funding is received.
Interested New Hampshire applicants can go to www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/hsem/disaster_info.htm for more information and to find a downloadable RPA form.
August 22 is the final day to submit a request to the state.
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.