US Rep. Nan Hayworth, M.D. (NY-19) today announced that the US Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $2,249,804.82 grant to the New York State National Guard to help defray expenses incurred during its response to Hurricane Irene.
"The New York State National Guard provided a critical and much-appreciated service in helping our communities respond to and recover from Hurricane Irene. This grant will help defray the millions of dollars in extraordinary expenses incurred during its response," said Rep. Hayworth. "As co-chair of the nonpartisan Hurricane Irene Caucus in the House of Representatives, I welcome this grant and will continue to work hard to provide our communities and agencies with access to available federal funds to continue our recovery and to prepare for future natural disasters."
The grant, which was reviewed and approved by FEMA's Public Assistance Division, will defray 75% of the $2,999,739.76 in extraordinary costs incurred by the New York State National Guard for overtime, meals, rented equipment, fuel, water supplies and meals for rescued persons. The funding will be provided directly to the State of New York, which is responsible for ensuring that the sub-grantee receives the award. The State of New York will provide funds to the sub-grantee on a reimbursable basis once it has received and reviewed documentation of the grant award.