FEMA Disaster Declaration for December 2014 storm– Applicant Briefings

Applicant briefings will be held during the week of February 9th for communities in Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor counties included in the Public Assistance disaster declaration that was signed this week. The declaration covers damages which resulted from the severe winter storm from December 9-12, 2014.

The Public Assistance disaster declaration allows communities and public utilities in those counties to receive 75% reimbursement for storm response and recovery. Eligible costs include debris removal from public rights of way and repairs to public utilities.

The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will begin the application process with applicants’ briefings on February 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 (applicants only need to attend one meeting). It is strongly recommended that towns send an attendee to one of the briefings if they intend to apply for assistance for this event, especially if they have not worked with FEMA since Tropical Storm Irene. Under federal statute, applicant communities will have 30 days from the declaration date (until March 6) to submit Requests for Public Assistance. The briefings will outline the requirements for receiving federal awards and maximizing eligibility of repairs. The briefing schedule is:

February 9 – Hyde Park, Green Mountain Tech and Career Center, 738 VT 15 W, 1:00 p.m.
February 10 – Hinesburg, Town Hall, 10632 VT Route 116, 1:00 p.m.
February 11 – White River Junction, Veterans Administration Medical Center, 1 Veterans Drive, 1:00 p.m.
February 12 – Rutland, Rutland Regional Medical Center, CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center, 160 Allen Street, 10:00 a.m.
February 13 – Berlin, VTrans Training Center, 1716 US Route 302, 1:00 p.m.
For more information, contact DEMHS Public Assistance Officer Kim Canarecci at 800-347-0488.