Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on January 18, 2013 @ 12:30PM
Created on January 17, 2013 @ 5:35PM
FEMA has given the state more than a million dollars in public assistance to help with clean up from Hurricane Sandy. That money will allow local and state governments to repair buildings and improve emergency readiness.
Much of the money that was used in the clean up of Sandy came straight from local agencies budgets.
Without help from FEMA, they could face deficits in other areas.
During an emergency, like Sandy, city councils and county commissions have to do whatever they can to return things to normal.
They also spend more money on personnel because many city and county employees work overtime. That causes some budgeting issues later in the year.
The public assistance dollars come to the community through a cost share agreement between FEMA and the state. FEMA pays 75% and the state is responsible for 25%.
With this help, many of the local governments can recover what they lost during the storm.
"What happens in situations like the two storms we've had, is that it stretches the resources of the county because you have more folks working to deal with emergency situations, and this just helps to off set those costs to the county," said Upshur County Commission President Donnie Tenney.
The 18 counties approved for FEMA public assistance in the state are: Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lewis, Nicholas,
Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, Webster and Wyoming.
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