CONCORD, N.H. – The state of New Hampshire and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that deadlines are approaching for local and county government agencies, school districts and certain private nonprofit organizations to submit Requests for Public Assistance for damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene between Aug. 26 and Sept. 6, 2011.
Public Assistance is available under presidential disaster declarations for seven New Hampshire counties. FEMA will pay up to 75 percent of the cost of approved projects. Non-federal sources pay the balance. The deadlines are based on when the disaster declaration was made for each county. The deadlines are:
- Coos, Carroll, Grafton and Merrimack, Oct. 3, 2011;
- Strafford and Sullivan, Oct. 11;
- Belknap, Oct. 24.
The formal Requests for Public Assistance should be faxed to the New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEM) at 603-223-3609.
Costs eligible for Public Assistance reimbursement could include emergency protective measures and debris removal. It also could include repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, public works facilities, public buildings and contents, public utilities, schools, parks and other recreational facilities damaged during the disaster.
Private nonprofit organizations that may qualify are those that provide public, government-like services such as educational, utility, emergency, medical and custodial care.
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