Lewis County Fire District #13, Replacement of Fire Station #1 (Main Station), Lewis County, Washington (June 2012)
The Stafford Act, as amended, provides federal assistance programs for both public and private losses sustained in presidentially declared disasters. Under the Stafford Act, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides Public Assistance funding to local and state public entities, and private non-profit groups to restore damaged infrastructure. The Lewis County Fire District #13 applied, through the Washington State Emergency Management Division (EMD), to FEMA for partial funding to replace its main fire station, which was damaged by flooding. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations implementing NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Part 1500 through 1508) direct FEMA and other federal agencies to take into consideration the environmental consequences of proposed federally funded projects. FEMA will use the findings in this Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and public input to determine whether to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS). If the Proposed Action is determined not to significantly affect the quality of the human environment, then FEMA will issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) rather than prepare an EIS.