FEMA updates Marshall Fire assistance figures

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Posted 7/5/22

The Federal Emergency Management Association said it provided more than $130 million to Boulder County and its communities in the six months since the Marshall Fire.

The late December fire burned …

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FEMA updates Marshall Fire assistance figures

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The Federal Emergency Management Association said it provided more than $130 million to Boulder County and its communities in the six months since the Marshall Fire.

The late December fire burned 6,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 homes. FEMA's funds came from its public assistance program.

A press statement said most of the aid went to debris-removal efforts.

"Funds have also been provided for emergency response actions related to evacuations and debris removal, in addition to permanent repairs," the statement said. "There is a 90 percent federal cost-share for the program."

FEMA's INdividual Assistance Program paid almost $2 million to Boulder County households. The statement said this program provides aid "to ensure individuals are in safe housing and address critical unmet needs."

"To lessen the impact of future wildfires, FEMA brought in a mitigation assessment team," the statement said.  "The team assessed post-fire conditions and building performance and will make recommendations on improving building codes. ''

The statement added that the work will include wildfire mitigation across the nation and  "help survivors to repair, retrofit, or rebuild safer and stronger." Use the address  fema-r8-hmhelp@fema.dhs.gov to email for more information.

FEMA has also set aside money for a hazard mitigation grant program. The money serves as federal matching funds to support state-selected mitigation projects.

FEMA's statement said the Small Business Administration provided low-interest loans  -- almost $103 million to businesses and individuals.

Federal Emergency Management Association, Small Business Administration, Marshall Fire

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