RALEIGH, N.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $3.9 million to reimburse Pender County for removal of debris following Hurricane Florence.
Following Hurricane Florence, Pender County hired contractors to remove vegetation and other debris from public rights of way throughout the county. The approved funds cover work completed through Nov. 5.
FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to state and local governments, and to certain types of private nonprofit organizations to reimburse for the cost of debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures and permanent repair work to damaged infrastructure.
FEMA’s Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program that reimburses applicants no less than 75 percent of eligible costs and the remaining 25 percent is covered by the state of North Carolina. FEMA’s share for this project was $2.9 million. The federal portion is paid directly to the state, which disburses funds to the agencies, local governments and to certain private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs.
FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during and after disasters.