SANTA FE – An amendment to the October 6 major disaster declaration for New Mexico adds public assistance funding eligibility to three additional counties and a pueblo following the severe storms and flooding that impacted the state from July 27 – August 5.
This amendment adds Lincoln, Otero and Sandoval counties and the Santa Clara Pueblo for both emergency and permanent work categories according to officials from the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NMDHSEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“The state applauds the teamwork that went into ensuring that we quickly added these counties and the pueblo to the original declaration,” said State Coordinating Officer Anita Statman.
“We continue to be committed to ensuring reimbursements are made quickly to these new applicants and the entities named in the original declaration,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Nancy Casper.
Under the Public Assistance Program, emergency work may include debris removal and emergency protective measures, while permanent work may include repairs to road systems, bridges, water control facilities and public buildings, contents and utilities, and repairs to parks and recreational facilities.
Entities that may be eligible for Public Assistance include:
- State agencies;
- Tribal governments;
- Local government entities;
- Ditch associations; and
- Certain private nonprofit organizations.
Three counties, Guadalupe, Rio Arriba, and San Miguel, and the Pueblo of Acoma were previously made eligible under the October 6 declaration.
More information on New Mexico disaster recovery is available online at www.nmdhsem.org/. DHSEM is the state's homeland security and emergency management agency. The agency works to identify and lessen the effects of emergencies, disasters and threats to New Mexico by developing effective prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery actions for all disasters and emergencies.
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. Find information on this disaster at www.fema.gov/disaster/4197.