NEAL ANNOUNCES FEDERAL TORNADO RELIEF FOR SPRINGFIELD
January 18, 2012
(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal today announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the Commonwealth of Massachusetts $5.9 million in federal funding for the City of Springfield public assistance. The federal funding, $1,969,735.62 for Springfield, is in the form of a Public Assistance grant, and represents a 75% federal reimbursement to the City. On November 7th, 2011 Congressman Neal held a regional summit in Springfield with FEMA representatives and local elected officials to give them an update on the post-tornado federal reimbursement process. He continues to visit every community in his congressional district that suffered damage to lend his support to local recovery efforts.
“As we continue to navigate the federal reimbursement process, you will see more announcements like this for communities throughout the tornado ravaged region; I expect more significant funding announcements to be made in the coming weeks. After the devastating storms, I pledged to do everything I could to help the people of western and central Massachusetts recover. While there is no playbook for handling this situation, my advocacy with FEMA on behalf of western and central Massachusetts has been well received,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal.