Federal Public Assistance approved for earthquake recovery

January 4, 2012  //  

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The historic earthquake centered near Mineral, Va., that struck Aug. 23, 2011, damaged structures owned by local governments as well as homes and residences.  When publicly-owned facilities are damaged in a disaster, then local governments may be approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to receive federal Public Assistance. 

·         The Public Assistance program allows FEMA to reimburse state and local governments as well as certain nonprofits for damages to public infrastructure in designated localities.  Costs associated with earthquake response, such as damage to critical infrastructure, debris removal and related emergency services, also are eligible for Public Assistance.

·         Public Assistance was approved by FEMA to help Louisa County repair and rebuild Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and Louisa County High School, both of which sustained extensive damage and had to be closed.  The county has provided temporary facilities for students until the schools can reopen.

·         The counties of Spotsylvania, Culpeper and Northampton also have been approved for federal Public Assistance.


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