Penn. Co. to receive FEMA dollars for blizzard costs within week - KOTA Territory News

Penn. Co. to receive FEMA dollars for blizzard costs within weeks


Pennington County Commissioners voted Thursday to accept the full amount of money the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is offering for costs related to the October Blizzard.

Only one Commissioner, Don Holloway, voted against it. He questioned whether the County should accept federal dollars for items the county had already budgeted for prior to the blizzard.
The other four commissioners gave Emergency Manager, Dustin Willett, the green light to ask FEMA to cut a check.

In all, the County will receive nearly $365,000, which covers about 85 percent of the total cost.
While the process of applying for federal aid was an unfamiliar one for Willett and his staff, he said now they know how to handle this aid portion of a Presidential Disaster.

"It was a good learning experience and it puts us in a better position to serve the citizens of Penninngton County if something even worse were to occur at some point," Willett said.
The first check should come within a matter of weeks, and Willett says within the year the county will have 100 percent of the funds.


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