MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Eight additional counties and one city have been designated for federal disaster assistance to help local governments along with select private non-profit facilities recover from Hurricane Irene.
Amelia, Brunswick, Greensville, Hanover, Lunenburg, Northampton, Nottoway and Powhatan counties along with the city of Alexandria are the latest jurisdictions eligible for help under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance program.
The additions bring the total public assistance designations to 32 counties and 16 cities for Hurricane Irene.
FEMA provides 75 percent of the eligible cost of rebuilding government infrastructure and buildings. The Commonwealth funds a portion, and the applicant is responsible for the remaining amount. Public Assistance grants cover work on:
- Debris removal
- Emergency protective measures
- Road systems and bridges
- Water control facilities
- Public buildings and contents
- Public utilities
- Parks and recreation
The Public Assistance program is open to state and local government agencies and certain private nonprofit organizations. Examples of eligible private nonprofits include facilities for power, water, sewer, communications, education, emergency medical care, fire protection and emergency services.
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.