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MEMA Requests Federal Government Disaster Assessment

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Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) begin conducting a Preliminary Damage Assessment of this week’s storm, the first formal step toward requesting a Major Disaster Declaration from the Federal government.

MEMA has begun working with local partners to estimate the cost of damage caused by this week’s storm, which left hundreds of thousands of people without power and caused significant flooding and infrastructure damage.

At the direction of Governor Janet Mills, MEMA today requested that FEMA dispatch Federal officials to Maine as soon as possible to begin the process of conducting the Federal Preliminary Damage Assessment, in which FEMA reviews and validates damage assessments gathered by local officials.

If FEMA, as expected, agrees that the costs associated with the storm are beyond the capabilities of the State to address, the Governor will formally request a Major Disaster Declaration from the President.

Governor Mills and MEMA Director Pete Rogers today said Maine people impacted by the storm can help by reporting their property damage by dialing 2-1-1. Information provided will help the State of Maine estimate the full impact of the storm and request the maximum amount of Federal aid available.

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