For Immediate Release - December 31, 2012


Communities & Private Non-Profits from 6 Counties Are Eligible for Aid for Hurricane Sandy

FRAMINGHAM, MA - As a result of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts receiving a Major Disaster Declaration due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be conducting a series of Applicant Briefings, regarding the availability of federal funding for six (6) counties: Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Plymouth and Suffolk. These briefings will explain the reimbursement process for receiving federal funds through FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) Program for 75% of the eligible expenses incurred by local governments and state agencies, as well as eligible private non-profit organizations, for protective measures, eligible overtime costs for first responders, clearing debris from public roads and public property, and repairing, replacing or restoring damaged public facilities and infrastructure.

These Applicant Briefings do not apply to individuals, residents or businesses.

“The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency looks forward to assisting all of the affected cities and towns, and eligible private non-profit organizations in these most affected counties as they continue to make their way through this process," stated MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “These funds will go a long way in helping these communities."

Communities are encouraged to send representatives from local emergency management, public works and finance departments since the briefings will explain the reimbursement process in detail.  The briefings are expected to last approximately 2.0 hours. It is imperative that communities send at least one representative to obtain the necessary forms and information to enable each community to receive proper reimbursement.

Private non-profit organizations, regional school districts, and municipal light/electric departments located in these counties may be eligible to receive federal reimbursement for their expenses.  In order for a private non-profit to be eligible for reimbursement, it must be performing an essential government service and have incurred a minimum of $1,000 in eligible expenses. To assist in identifying an eligible private non-profit, please refer to the FEMA website at or contact MEMA Disaster Recovery Department at (508) 820-2004.

Application Briefing Schedule 
(Communities can attend any briefing. It is not necessary to attend the briefing in your county.)

Monday,  January 7, 2013 @ 10:00amTuesday, January 8, 2013 @ 10:00am
County: DukesCounties: Barnstable/Nantucket
Steamship Authority BuildingHarwich Senior Center
1 Water Street100 Oak Street
Vineyard Haven, MAHarwich, MA


Wednesday,  January 9, 2013 @ 9:30am Wednesday, January 9, 2013 @ 1:00pm
Counties: Bristol/PlymouthCounties: Bristol/Plymouth
MEMA Region II OfficeMEMA Region II Office
12-I Administration Road12-I Administration Road
Bridgewater, MABridgewater, MA


     Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 1:00pm
    County: Suffolk
    MEMA Headquarters
    400 Worcester Road
    Framingham, MA


The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Preparedness, go to Also, continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at; Facebook at Download the free ping4alert! app to your Smartphone to receive important weather alerts and emergency messages from MEMA.  Easy instructions are available at