The U.S. Department of Labor is releasing a $3,330,000 National Emergency Grant increment to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to help with the clean-up and recovery efforts after Hurricane Irene, which hit Aug. 26-30, 2011, and Tropical Storm Lee, which hit Sept. 3, 2011.
The funds are being awarded in an effort to support temporary jobs in affected areas.
"Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee have inflicted widespread damage on parts of Pennsylvania," says Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The Labor Department's grant increment will fund assistance for recovery efforts in the communities touched by these devastating storms."
On Sept. 3, 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that a number of Pennsylvania counties were eligible for FEMA's Public Assistance Program following Hurricane Irene. FEMA handed its second declaration for counties affected by Tropical Storm Lee Sept. 12, 2011.
Among the counties that are to receive financial assistance are Bradford, Bucks, Columbia, Lancaster, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union and Wyoming. Initially, a grant of up to $10,000,000 with $3,330,000 was released and approved by the Labor Department Sept. 26, 2011. With the most recent increment, the total amount awarded is now $6,660,000.
National Emergency Grants are included in the secretary of labor's discretionary fund and are distributed based on a state's ability to meet certain guidelines.