Federal Government Approves MEMA’s Request to Initiate Preliminary Disaster Assessment


Governor Janet T. Mills (D) Speaking at a Press Conference Earliler This Year.

Governor Janet T. Mills (D), the first woman governor of Maine and its first woman AG, announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a request from the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to initiate the process of conducting a Preliminary Damage Assessment of last week’s storm, the first formal step toward requesting a Major Disaster Declaration from the Federal governmet.

MEMA has begun working with local partners to estimate the cost of damage caused by last week’s storm.  At the direction of Governor Mills, MEMA last Friday requested that FEMA dispatch Federal officials to Maine as soon as possible to begin the process of conducting the Federal Preliminary Damage Assessment, in which FEMA reviews and validates damange assessments gathered by local officials.

FEMA approved MEMA’s request today and the two agencies are workg together to schedule the assessents.  If from these assessments FEMA agrees that the cost associated with the storm are beyond the capabilities of the State to address, the Governor will formally request a Major Disaster Declaration from the President.

Governor Mills and MEMA Director Pete Rogers continue to encourage Maine people impacted by the storm o report these property damages by dialing 2-1-1,  Information provided will help the State of Maine estimate the full impact of the storm and request the maximum amouant of Federal aid available.  Reporting damage is not an appliation for assistance, and Maie people are still encouraged to file claims with homeowners or auto insurance.

For more background information on the MEMA request, please visit post herein dated December 22, 2023.

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