FEMA Releases Funds for Help With Recovery Efforts

Jul 14, 2011

WASHINGTON (July 14, 2011)  – Communities in five counties in the 10th Congressional District are eligible to receive federal funding to help recover from severe storms in April, it was announced by U.S. Rep. Tom Marino.

Marino’s office was notified by the Federal Emergency Management that President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for Pennsylvania, triggering the release of funds for damage caused by severe storms and flooding that occurred April 25-28.

FEMA announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and ordered federal aid to supplement Commonwealth and local recovery efforts in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Tioga and Wyoming counties.  Aid will be available to the Commonwealth, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe weather.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for all counties in the Commonwealth.

Thomas J. McCool has been named as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. McCool said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.  

Congressmen Marino and Glenn Thompson, PA-5, co-authored a letter of support for Gov. Tom Corbett’s request for federal disaster declaration.