U.S. Department of Homeland Security
One Independence Mall, Sixth Floor
615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
January 11, 2011
Contact: Nicki Edwards
FEMA PROVIDES MORE THAN $2.7 MILLION TO VIRGINIA FOR SEVERE WINTER STORMS
PHILADELPHIA –The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today the approval of an additional $2,769,747 in federal funds to the Commonwealth of Virginia for severe storm cleanup in February 2010. To-date, more than $41.6 million has been approved statewide for Virginia applicants affected by the disasters.
The funding was awarded to Fairfax County public schools and the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative.
The Fairfax County public schools received $1,093,347 for costs associated with snow removal efforts on school-maintained lots and roadways within the school district. The grant, plus administrative costs, represents a 75-percent federal share of the project costs, which total $1,457,796. Expenses included costs for labor, materials, snow removal equipment, contractor services, salt material, and employees’ meals.
The Rappahannock Electric Cooperative was granted $1,676,400 for costs associated with the repair of downed electrical lines and restoration of power caused by heavy snowfall. The grant, plus administrative costs, represents a 75-percent federal share of the project costs, which total $2,235,200.
Expenses included costs for labor, materials, snow removal equipment, and contractor services. These emergency protective measures were taken in the jurisdictions of Albemarle, Caroline, Culpeper, Essex, Fauquier, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, and Stafford.
For each of these grants, the remaining 25 percent will be paid with non-federal funds determined by the state and localities. Additional funding may be approved as FEMA processes the remaining project worksheets for Virginia’s two snow disaster declarations.
Federal funding is available to the state, eligible local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis. FEMA is responsible for managing the program, approving grants, and providing technical assistance to the state and applicants. The state educates potential applicants, works with FEMA to manage the program, and is responsible for implementing and monitoring the grants awarded under the program. Local officials are responsible for identifying damage, providing information necessary for FEMA to approve grants, and managing each project funded under the program.
More information on FEMA’s Public Assistance program is available at: http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/pa/index.shtm.
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. FEMA Region III’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Stay informed of FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts available at www.fema.gov/medialibrary and www.youtube.com/fema. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion3.
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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971