PEMA, FEMA assistance sought to cover costs of mold damage

PEMA, FEMA assistance sought to cover costs of mold damage

Milton, PA – September 20th, 2018

Five members of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency recently toured the Milton Area High School, as part of a field assessment of the damages caused by heavy summer rains and moisture. “We are fortunate to have such great responses from our Northumberland County EMA officials. They’ve been sharing information about the damage in our school district with the state, in hopes that we may receive federal assistance to cover the high clean-up costs expected here in Milton.” Said Superintendent Dr. Cathy Keegan. Pennsylvania EMA officials told Milton school district administrators that if the damages reported from this summer’s heavy rains and flooding in Northumberland and Union counties exceed a certain threshold, those counties could become eligible for federal assistance. PEMA Communications Director Ruth Miller, “Meeting that damage threshold doesn’t guarantee financial assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, however we know that the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is going to use whatever resources available to help offset costs for the Milton Area School District and other agencies facing these difficult times.” School administrators were told that FEMA assistance could cover up to 75% of costs associated with water damage from the heavy storms and flooding this July and August. Currently, PEMA and FEMA assessment teams are verifying the damages reported and expect to continue that assessment work for a few weeks. FEMA assessment teams were inundated after the landfall of Hurricane Florence earlier in the week. Mold and moisture damage was first discovered in all five of the Milton’s schools in early August. Remediation teams from SERVPRO, environmental scientists from Mountain Research and HVAC experts from NRG Controls spent a month on the Milton campus, mitigating humidity and mold damage and repairing aging HVAC systems. Milton School officials continue to audit the antiquated HVAC systems as they determine which course of action is best, repair or replacement. Costs for remediation and repairs are undetermined at this time, as the district awaits final invoices. Parents and community members with questions about the moisture and water damage are encouraged to call Superintendent Dr. Cathy Keegan at 570-742-7614 ext. 2006.