CONCORD, N.H. -- The state of Maine and the 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. 27 and Aug. 29, 2011.
Public Assistance is available under a presidential major disaster declaration designating four counties in Maine. FEMA will pay up to 75 percent of the cost of approved projects. State and local funds pay the balance. The deadlines are based on when each county was designated for Public Assistance. The deadlines are:
- Franklin, Oxford and York, Oct. 13, 2011;
- Lincoln, Oct. 24, 2011.
Applicants should contact their County Emergency Management Agency office to submit Requests for Public Assistance.
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.