News for Immediate Release

Nov. 1, 2012

Governor Corbett Appeals for Federal Reimbursement of Government Costs for Hurricane Sandy

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today again requested federal funding that would provide reimbursement to local, county and state agencies for costs associated with the preparation for and response to Hurricane Sandy. 

A federal emergency declaration awarded earlier this week in response to the governor’s request for aid provided only Direct Federal Assistance, which makes available federal assets such as generators, food, water and specialized response teams. 

In today’s letter to the president, the governor reiterated that the storm’s projected path posed a very significant threat to more than half the state; and it required state and local authorities to take steps to ensure that all available resources were available to quickly respond to the storm.

“Because we’re still in response mode, we don’t have clear numbers on how much money has been spent, but we’re looking at emergency preparedness costs in excess of $10 million,” Corbett said.

The governor today requested that the federal government provide aid that was excluded from the earlier declaration. That aid would include funding for debris removal (known as Category A) and Category B, Emergency Protective Measures, which would provide reimbursement for actions taken before, during, and after a disaster to save lives and protect public health and safety. Emergency communications and emergency public transportation costs may also be eligible.

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