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Sullivan County Will Receive Much Needed Federal Funding for Debris Removal, Emergency Protective Measures, and To Repair Disaster-Damaged Facilities

Schumer Successfully Pushed for Sullivan County to Receive Individual Assistance As Well So Families and Businesses Get the Help They Need

Schumer: This Is An Important Step to Help Sullivan County Recover from Irene


U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded Sullivan County public assistance to help rebuild and repair infrastructure damaged by Irene. After this type of assistance was not made available in the President's initial emergency declaration, Senator Schumer immediately called for Sullivan County to be added to the list of eligible counties, in a personal phone call with Administrator Fugate. The county is now eligible for assistance for debris removal, emergency protective actions, and the repair or replacement of disasterdamaged facilities. Schumer said that this was an important step in making sure that Sullivan county gets the help it needs to recover from Irene. After the storm, Schumer successfully urged FEMA to grant individual assistance to Sullivan County as well so families and businesses in the area also get the assistance they deserve.  Now, local governments, homeowners, and businesses will all have access to federal funds to help them recover.

"We knew all along that Sullivan County needed help to cope with the devastation left by Irene. Now that FEMA has heeded our call and stepped up to the plate to make the necessary funding available, we can begin the process of helping repair and rebuild local infrastructure damaged in the storm," said Schumer.

Through the PA Program, FEMA provides supplemental federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disasterdamaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain Private NonProfit (PNP) organizations.