On Saturday, in response to Governor Charlie Baker’s request for federal disaster assistance, the White House and FEMA announced that the President has issued a Major Disaster Declaration that will make federal disaster assistance available beyond what was included in the Emergency Declaration declared by President Trump on March 13, 2020.
Federal aid will be available to cities and towns, state agencies and certain non-profits in all Massachusetts counties to help pay for emergency protective measures (response costs) related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The disaster declaration has activated the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Public Assistance (PA) Program for all counties, making federal funding available to local governments, state agencies, and eligible private non-profit organizations for eligible emergency protective measures (FEMA Public Assistance Category B). The incident period is from January 20, 2020 and continuing.
It is important that applicants track their costs for the duration of the response to be ready to submit for reimbursement once the crisis has passed.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency will provide webinars and other information about the process for applying for the Public Assistance Program to municipal and state officials and eligible non-profits. See here for more information.