Virginia Department of Emergency Management Announces Nine Additional Localities Eligible for Public Assistance for Tropical Storm Michael
RICHMOND — Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today that nine additional localities have been made eligible to receive federal public assistance funding to reimburse for response costs and damages related to Tropical Storm Michael, which struck the Commonwealth in October 2018.
The nine additional localities include the counties of Grayson, James City, King William, Lancaster, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, Northampton, and Westmoreland and the city of Martinsville.
In total, 36 localities are now eligible for Tropical Storm Michael public assistance, which will provide reimbursement for up to 75 percent of local and state costs incurred as the Commonwealth prepared for and responded to the storm.
The amendment was issued for the nine additional localities on Feb. 1. Applicants have 30 days to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA).
The original 27 counties from the December 18, 2018, declaration include the counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Campbell, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Essex, Floyd, Fluvanna, Franklin, Halifax, King and Queen, Lunenburg, Montgomery, New Kent, Northumberland, Nottoway, Pittsylvania, Powhatan, Prince Edward, and, Rappahannock and the cities of Roanoke, Danville, Galax and Richmond.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s public assistance grant program provides federal assistance to government organizations and certain nonprofit organizations following a presidential disaster declaration. Public assistance provides grants so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.