2011 Tornado FEMA and SBA Assistance

Union Street in Springfield, Ma

(FEMA) – On June 1, 2011 the greater Springfield Massachusetts area was affected by severe storms and tornadoes. On June 15, 2011 the President declared a major disaster (FEMA-1994-DR) under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

So far, FEMA has provided the following amounts of funding:

1,081 applications were submitted through FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program to help individuals with critical expenses in the aftermath of the tornado.  In total, $4,922,798.70 has been obligated through the Individual & Households Program: $3,015,224.65 for Total Housing Assistance and $1,907,574.05 for Other Needs Assistance.

FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program assists State, Tribal and local governments and certain Private Nonprofit organizations recover from disasters through the repair, replacement or restoration of publicly owned facilities. Thus far, in total, $30,037,140 has been obligated in Public Assistance Grants, which includes $23,595,805 for Emergency Work (debris removal and emergency protective measures) and $5,122,676 for Permanent Work (restoration of infrastructure).

However, recovery is still ongoing in Springfield. As recently as last March, FEMA announced agreements on projects that includes replacement of Cathedral High School/St. Michaels Academy Middle School buildings that were damaged during the tornado. Under the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA) Alternative Procedures Pilot Program for Permanent Work, the final fixed estimate of approximately $24.7 million, which represents the 75 percent federal cost share, is part of the ongoing recovery efforts in Springfield.

The FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program has awarded $6,847,081 to assist communities after this disaster. The Small Business Administration has made $17,109,000 in low interest loans available.

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