Pictured: a damaged telephone pole at Smith Beach during Tropical Storm Michael in October of 2018.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced the awarding of post-disaster recovery funds to reimburse local governments, state agencies, and private non-profit organization, including 11 volunteer fire departments, for damages and disaster-related expenditures associated with Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael in the fall of 2018. Funds are made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program. Of the $14.7 million awarded, the Commonwealth contributed over $2 million.

 “Expediting the federal funding to impacted public entities is a crucial component of the recovery process,” said VDEM State Coordinator Jeff Stern. Virginia is expected to receive approximately $73 million in federal funding for both disasters. 

A&N Electric Cooperative was among the recipients and received $95,551 for damages which occurred as Tropical Storm Michael hit the Shore. The funding from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management reimburses the cooperative for their response to damages during Tropical Storm Michael. It includes expenses such as materials and labor associated with those restoration efforts, specifically in Northampton County.

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Over the past nine months VDEM worked with FEMA to process 235 grant projects while coordinating with 75 different public entities.