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Major disaster declared, apply for reimbursement


GREENPORT—The Columbia County Emergency Management Office announced in a March 24 press release that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of New York has received a Major Disaster Declaration (FEMA-4480-DR) from President Donald Trump.

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will be holding applicant briefings for Columbia County via WebEx March 30 for all potential eligible applicants who may receive reimbursements.

Potential applicants may include state agencies, local government (county, city, town and village), and federally recognized tribal nations. In addition, private non-profit organizations that may qualify are hospitals, nursing homes, public schools and private schools.

Certain eligible expenses that could be reimbursed are cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment, general equipment, contractors, food, beverages, and possibly some salaries.

Applicant briefings will only be scheduled March 30 via WebEx. The briefs will provide eligible applicants with the information needed to participate in the disaster as public assistance applicants and to submit for reimbursement for FEMA-eligible expenditures incurred as a result of the COVID-19 virus.

There are three times March 30 to choose from when registering for the DR4480 applicant briefing (Region 2).

Links to each meeting time will be on the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office website:

To register for the 9 a.m., 1 p.m., or 6 p.m. briefing, click on the appropriate link. Once registration is completed, a confirmation with the teleconference login as well as the WebEx login will be received. The WebEx briefing should last about one hour.

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