CONCORD, N.H. -- One mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as it helps New Hampshire recover from Tropical Storm Irene is to identify and ensure that historic places and structures are restored in a manner that preserves their historic value.
“The state of New Hampshire has identified several damaged stone bridges and culverts that are historic,” said Albie Lewis, federal coordinating officer for this disaster. “Our job is to work with the state to provide appropriate funding through our Public Assistance program to assist in the repairs.”
FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides up to 75 percent of the cost of disaster-related emergency measures, removing debris from public property and rights of way, and repairing or restoring public roads, bridges and culverts, along with public buildings, utilities, schools, parks and other recreational facilities.
For Public Assistance requests to repair historic stone bridges and culverts, FEMA is working closely with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and the New Hampshire Division for Historical Resources.
Applicant projects submitted for Public Assistance are reviewed by FEMA project specialists for technical and financial issues and are reviewed by environmental and historic preservation specialists to comply with federal requirements.
To be eligible for FEMA funding, applicants for Public Assistance must comply with various federal, state and local environmental and historic preservation laws and executive orders before recovery work begins. These laws and orders include the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts and Executive Orders 11988 (Floodplain Management), 11990 (Wetland Protection) and 12898 (Environmental Justice).
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.