ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that government entities in six counties are now eligible for disaster assistance to help pay for emergency response costs and repairs to damaged facilities as a result of Tropical Storm Lee.
These counties are: Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga and Tompkins.
FEMA's public assistance program reimburses local government, state agencies, and certain private non-profits for 75 percent of the approved costs.
Work may include the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities including:
- Public roads and bridges not on the Federal Aid System;
- Public water control facilities including dams and drainage channels;
- Public utilities such as water treatment and sewage treatment and electrical;
- Public buildings such as police and fire stations, libraries and public office buildings, including their vehicles and contents; and
- Public parks and recreation facilities including playgrounds, swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, ball fields, and boat ramps.
The New York State Office of Emergency Management and FEMA will announce a schedule of local meetings to begin the reimbursement process.
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.