Albany, N.Y. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today it is expanding assistance to Sullivan County to repair or replace public facilities damaged by Hurricane Irene. Governmental entities, municipal authorities, school districts and some nonprofit organizations in the county are now eligible for all categories of Public Assistance.
Philip Parr, federal coordinating officer, said the assistance was approved following a review of damage data gathered by federal and state disaster recovery officials.
"Ensuring that vital community services are restored as quickly as possible is part of our continuing commitment to help New York State achieve a full and lasting recovery," said Andrew X. Feeney, state coordinating officer.
Under the expanded assistance, Feeney explained, affected local governments in Sullivan County are eligible to apply for federal funds to pay 75 percent of the approved cost for debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster and repair or replacement of damaged public facilities such as roads, buildings and utilities.
The funds were authorized under the major disaster declaration issued by President Obama on August 31, 2011 and made available through FEMA's Public Assistance Program.
Procedures for requesting the assistance will be detailed at a series of applicant briefings for local officials at locations to be announced shortly by state and federal disaster officials.
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.