In response to Governor Deval Patrick’s request, President Barack Obama signed the Major Disaster Declaration for 6 counties in the Commonwealth.  Public Assistance will be available for Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket, Plymouth and Suffolk Counties. Under this Public Assistance Program, affected local governments, state agencies and various eligible private non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for federal funds to be reimbursed for 75% of the approved cost of protective measures, storm-related overtime costs for first responders,  clearing debris from public roads and public property, and repairing, replacing, restoring or reconstructing damaged public facilities and infrastructure.

 Applicant Briefing:

All potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the MEMA Applicant Briefings listed below. 

CountyBriefing DateBriefing TimeBriefing Location
DukesMonday 1/7/201310:00 AM

Steamship Authority Building, 2nd Floor

1 Water St, Vineyard Haven

Barnstable & NantucketTuesday  1/8/201310:00 AM

Harwich Senior Center  

100 Oak Street, Harwich

Bristol &  PlymouthWednesday  1/9/20139:30 AM

MEMA Region II Office

12-I Administration Rd, Bridgewater

Bristol &  PlymouthWednesday  1/9/20131:00 PM

MEMA Region II Office

12-I Administration Rd,Bridgewater

SuffolkThursday  1/10/20131:00 PM

MEMA HQ, Ops Room

400 Worcester Rd,Framingham


Request for Public Assistance (RPA)

In order to be considered for FEMA reimbursements your RPA must be submitted to MEMA by: FEBRUARY 1, 2013

Applicants must include who the Authorized Agent (who can sign contracts) on the RPA:  Request For Public Assistance (RPA) pdf format of Request for Public Assistance RPA.pdf


Debris Removal

For Hurricane Sandy ONLY, straight time for force account labor for debris removal is eligible for reimbursement. Straight Time Debris Removal - Sandy ONLY  pdf format of Straight Time Debris Removal - Sandy ONLY

Debris removal on Federal Highway eligible roads is now covered by FEMA. Permanent work is not covered and must go through the FHWA program.  Debris Removal on Federal-Aid Highways (Fact Sheet) (9580.214)  pdf format of Debris Removal on Federal-Aid Highways Facts (9580.214)

Click link for these Federal Highway eligible roads

Debris Removal from Waterways: Debris Removal from Waterways (9523.5)  pdf format of Debris Removal from Waterways (9523.5)
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FEMA Project Worksheets:

These workbooks should be used to report all incurred costs.  Applicants must provide backup documentation (certified payrolls, invoices, and proof of payment – cancelled check/warrant) for everything on the worksheets.


Private Nonprofit (PNP) Forms: 

FEMA has specific guidelines for PNP eligibility.  To see if you are eligible, please see the forms below. If you believe you are eligible, please fill out the appropriate forms and return them with your RPA.


 Useful information and policies:

For additional information see the MEMA Public Assistance webpage and the FEMA policy publications webpage