Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that his request for federal disaster assistance to help local and state governments recover from the impact of Hurricane Sandy has been approved by President Obama.
FEMA’s Public Assistance Program was approved for several counties in Virginia including Westmoreland County and the nearby counties of Essex, King and Queen, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex and Northumberland.
FEMA’s Public Assistance Program makes funding available to reimburse state and local governments for costs associated with response and recovery efforts, such as debris removal and related emergency services, as well as the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.
“I thank President Obama for his prompt decision to grant federal disaster assistance for local and state governments. This action will go a long way toward reimbursing local governments for their costs,” said Governor McDonnell.
Emergency management officials at the state and local levels have been working with volunteer groups to assist people who suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy. Homeowners and renters should report damage to their local emergency management officials, who may be aware of volunteer groups in their communities that are actively assisting with clean up and repair efforts.
In addition, Governor McDonnell announced that FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program was approved for all Virginia localities. This funding source helps local and state governments take actions to reduce the impact of future disasters, such as elevating homes in flood zones, flood-proofing businesses and other measures.