MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today that Spotsylvania County has been approved for federal disaster assistance under the Public Assistance (PA) program for recovery from the August 23 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.
Public Assistance is for local governments and certain private, nonprofit organizations in the county, not for individuals. To be eligible to receive PA, a private, nonprofit organization must own or operate facilities that provide services of a governmental nature, such as educational, emergency, medical, or custodial care.
A county designated eligible for PA may receive help for emergency work, such as debris removal and emergency protective measures, and for permanent work, including repair of roads and bridges, water control facilities, buildings and contents, public utilities, parks and recreational facilities and other public facilities, FEMA officials said. Louisa County was previously designated for Public Assistance.
"Funding for these infrastructure repair and civic restoration projects is shared jointly; 75 percent federal and 25 percent non-federal funds," said Federal Coordinating Officer Don Keldsen.
Virginia's State Coordinating Officer Michael Cline said "this will enable Spotsylvania County and certain private nonprofit agencies to recoup a large share of the costs of clean-up and damage resulting from the earthquake and aftershocks."
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.