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massdot-formal_logoMassDOT has succeeded in recovering more than $21 million dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2016 for past disaster events.

These are reimbursements for MassDOT operations and logistics during past federal government disaster declarations and the reimbursements have been deposited into the Commonwealth’s General Fund. MassDOT is also continuing to work to receive an additional $4.2 million.

“We would like to thank all the MassDOT staff and personnel involved in these cost recovery efforts,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “MassDOT is committed to responding to any issues or emergencies which occur on our transportation systems and upholding our fiscal responsibility to obtain the federal reimbursement monies the Commonwealth is entitled to receive after these events.”

“We are pleased we have been able to add these funds to the Commonwealth’s General Fund,” said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. “Our employees are proud to have played important roles in fulfilling their responsibilities during challenging conditions and we will continue to work diligently to receive all the available funding for our emergency response efforts.”

MassDOT takes great efforts to prepare for emergency situations and ensure personnel have the skills, training, knowledge, and resources to respond to any incident, assist any affected parties, and repair our transportation systems if necessary.

During federal disaster declarations where MassDOT assists in response and recovery efforts, the department meticulously documents personnel, materials and equipment deployments in order to receive reimbursement for up to 75% of costs for activities related to these events.  MassDOT then works closely with FEMA, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and local municipalities to submit the necessary documentation and complete the comprehensive process needed to receive reimbursements from the federal government.

“The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) congratulates MassDOT for their commitment to obtaining federal disaster funds to offset costs incurred in major storms,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Over the past six years, MEMA has successfully worked with FEMA to receive federal disaster declarations for four record-breaking snow storms in Massachusetts. MEMA has worked with MassDOT, other state agencies, impacted communities, and eligible non-profits to document eligible costs, submit applications for reimbursement, and maximize the disaster assistance paid to the Commonwealth and its municipalities.”

MassDOT is eligible to receive reimbursement funds for expenditures related to MassDOT labor, contractor operations and costs, materials, MassDOT vehicles, and other equipment usage during federal disaster declarations.

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