MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Natural disasters disrupt the daily routine of survivors' lives, and nowhere is a disrupted routine more evident than when a school is destroyed. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding approximately $3.25 million dollars to rebuild Louisa County Public Schools' Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.
This is FEMA's first Public Assistance grant over $1 million to assist the Commonwealth following the August earthquake.
"FEMA's help following the earthquake has greatly assisted our local school system. The assistance will benefit all our current and future students. Louisa is a "can do" place, but we will forever appreciate the additional help," said Division Superintendent Dr. Deborah D. Pettit.
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School suffered $9.4 million dollars in damages. The school building is so severely damaged that engineering evaluations deem the structure beyond repair to meet current code requirements.
The replacement cost of the elementary school is estimated at $13.7 million. In addition to FEMA's grant, anticipated insurance proceeds will contribute approximately $9.4 million to the school's rebuilding. A combination of state and local government aid will fund the balance of the new school's construction cost.
FEMA's Public Assistance program works with state and local officials to fund recovery measures and rebuilding of government and certain private nonprofit organizations' buildings, as well as roads, bridges and water and sewer plants.
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.