For Immediate Release - April 22, 2015

MEMA Announces Applicant Briefings for Federal Assistance

Ten Most Impacted Counties to Receive Aid for Impacts of January Blizzard

FRAMINGHAM, MA – As a result of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts receiving a major disaster declaration due to the severe Blizzard of January 26-28, 2015, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will be conducting nine (9) Applicant Briefings regarding the availability of federal funding.  The assistance was authorized by President Barack Obama after a review of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) analysis of Governor Charlie Baker’s request for federal assistance.

The purpose of the briefings is to explain the application and reimbursement process for receiving federal funds for eligible expenses incurred by state and local governments, as well as eligible non-profit organizations in Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester Counties. This major disaster declaration does not apply to individuals, residents or businesses.

Communities are encouraged to send representatives from local emergency management, public works and finance departments since the briefings will explain the application and reimbursement process in detail.  The briefings are expected to last approximately 1.5 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.

Briefing Schedule:

 Monday, May 4, 2015 @ 9:00am                                  Monday, May 4, 2015 @ 1:00 p.m. 

       Worcester County (South):                                         Worcester County (North):

       Pakachoag Church Functional Hall                                  Fitchburg Fire Station

       203 Pakachoag Street                                                     33 North Street

       Auburn, MA                                                                   Fitchburg, MA

Tuesday May 5, 2015 @ 9:00 a.m.                                Tuesday May 5, 2015 @ 1:00 p.m.                               

        Middlesex County                                                         Essex County

        MEMA Headquarters                                                       Relief’s In                                                

        400 Worcester Road                                                        1 Market Street

        Framingham, MA                                                              Lawrence, MA


Wednesday, May 6, 2015 @ 9:00 a.m.                          Wednesday, May 6, 2015 @ 1:30 p.m. 

       Barnstable County:                                                          Plymouth County:

       Barnstable County Harbor View Conference Room             Bridgewater State University

       3195 Main Street                                                                Moakley Center Auditorium

       Barnstable, MA                                                                  100 Burrill Avenue

                                                                                                  Bridgewater, MA


Thursday, May 7, 2015 @ 9:00 a.m.                             Thursday, May 7, 2015 @ 1:30 p.m.

       Bristol County:                                                                 Norfolk County:

       Buttonwood Park Zoo Wildlife Education Center                 Four Points Sheraton,21 Tiffany Ballroom

       425 Hawthorn Street                                                           1125 Boston-Providence Turnpike

       New Bedford, MA                                                              Norwood, MA


 Friday May 8, 2015 @ 11:00 a.m.

       Dukes County:                                           

       Tisbury Emergency Services Building     

       215 Spring Street                                              

       Tisbury, MA