2013-01-30 / Local & State

Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation Briefing Scheduled

A public assistance briefing is scheduled for Fulton County, Monday, January 28, at 6 p.m., according to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The briefing will be held at the Fulton County Emergency Management Agency, 116 W. Market St., Suite 102, McConnellsburg.

At the briefing, officials from state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations will receive information about applying for federal assistance to recover from Hurricane Sandy during the period from October 26 to November 8, 2012.

FEMA manages the public assistance program, approves grants and provides technical assistance to the commonwealth and applicants. The commonwealth 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.

Federal funding is also available through the public assistance program on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures in all counties of the commonwealth.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and firstresponders 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, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

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