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Washington D.C.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
News Release
Thursday, September 22, 2011

FEMA PUBLIC ASSISTANCE NOW AVAILABLE FOR BASTROP COUNTY, TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas - Federal disaster aid in the form of Direct Federal Assistance and Public Assistance has been approved in Bastrop County as a result of the recent wildfires that left a path of destruction through the county, the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Thursday.

Under a new amendment to the Sept. 9 presidential disaster declaration, eligible applicants from the state and local governments, and certain nonprofit organizations in Bastrop County can now apply for FEMA reimbursements under the Public Assistance program.

This program helps reimburse applicants for the cost of removing disaster-related debris from public rights of way, and for measures taken by state and local emergency responders to protect lives and property before, during and after the disaster. The Public Assistance program also helps defray the cost of repairing roads, public buildings, utilities, schools and other public infrastructure damaged or destroyed as a result of the wildfires.

Public Assistance dollars get to Texas communities through a partnership of cost sharing between applicants and the federal government. FEMA picks up 75 percent of the eligible cost of eligible projects and the remainder comes from non-federal sources, such as state and/or local funding.

The amendment also covers any assistance provided in Bastrop through a mission assignment to another federal agency and makes FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program available statewide.

For more information about wildfire disaster recovery, Texans can follow FEMA tweets at www.twitter.com/femaregion6. Other online resources are http://blog.fema.gov, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.






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