Communities in Chittenden, Essex and Lamoille counties that suffered damage to public infrastructure during the storm of May 22-26, 2013 have the opportunity to submit reimbursement requests to FEMA for 75 of eligible costs. President Barack Obama granted the counties a Public Assistance disaster declaration on June 13th. In order to be eligible, a community in one of the designated counties must file a “Request for Public Assistance” within 30 days of the declaration date (i.e. by July 13) to be eligible for FEMA Public Assistance.
The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will begin the application process with a mandatory applicants’ briefing on Thursday afternoon, June 27th starting at 1:00 p.m. sharp at Founders Memorial School cafeteria in the town of Essex. The briefing will outline the requirements for receiving federal awards and the steps needed to take to prepare a successful application.
Eligible Public Assistance projects include repairs to public roads and bridges, damage to public buildings, overtime for municipal employees during the response, equipment rentals, contractor costs, and more.
Communities in Chittenden, Essex, and Lamoille counties are strongly encouraged to send one or more representatives the meeting to initiate the process of applying for federal assistance, and to bring along documentation of damages incurred.
Thursday June 27, 2013, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, in the town of Essex in the cafeteria of the Founders Memorial School at 33 Founders Road in Essex, Vermont.
Access is via Sand Hill Road onto Founders Road and then into the parking lot. Founders School is the first school you come to on the right.
Attendees are advised to park in the big parking lot beyond the school and NOT the smaller parking lot.
Communities that have questions can call Ben Rose, DEMHS Public Assistance Officer at (800) 347-0488 or (802) 585-4719.