BOSTON, Mass. -- Since the July 30 federal disaster declaration in Maine for summer flooding, FEMA has approved over $2.5 Million to fund more than 300 Public Assistance projects. Federal and state staff continue to work with local officials in formulating and funding the remaining projects.
Through the Public Assistance program, FEMA assists state and local governments, eligible nonprofit agencies and tribes with funds to repair or replace damaged infrastructure and facilities. Emergency services and eligible debris-removal costs related to the disaster are also reimbursable.
FEMA provides 75 percent of the eligible project costs to the state. The state then distributes the funds to local governments within the designated counties. The eligible counties for Public Assistance under the federal declaration are Franklin, Hancock, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo and Washington.
The typical life-cycle of a disaster involves a quick response to provide for basic needs, followed by longer-term, larger-scale funding to help local governments get back on their feet. Each community reports their damages and inspections are performed at each damage site to verify damage and ensure eligibility.
To view some of the activities related to the recent disaster cycle visit Maine's Playlist on FEMA's YouTube site at www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=4A00896D81F0FCEE.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders and 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.