Appendix 15 | Rules for State Matching Funds under Federal Public Assistance | Page 1
EMERGENCY RELIEFE AND ASSISTANCE FUND
RULES FOR STATE MATCHING FUNDS
UNDER THE FEDERAL PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The purpose of this rule is to establish the criteria and procedures by which to distribute the
state share of funds to match federal disaster relief for damages sustained in natural disas-
ters. The Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund is established at 20 V.S.A. § 45, along with
the requirement for the Secretary of Administration to develop these rules.
The intent of the fund and this Rule is to render state assistance more predictable, consistent
and available, as well as to encourage hazard mitigation strategies by municipalities and indi-
viduals to reduce potential future damages from natural disasters.
1.2.1 ACCD: The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development.
1.2.2 Administration Plan: Vermont State Administration Plan for Public Assistance
produced by the Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, as
amended from time to time.
1.2.3 ERAF: Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund established at 20 V.S.A. § 45.
1.2.4 FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency.
1.2.5 FEMA Regulations: Title 44 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (44
1.2.6 FEMA State Agreement: Agreement governing the administration of a feder-
ally declared disaster, signed by the FEMA Regional Director and by the Governor.
1.2.7 Grantee: the State of Vermont, as recipient of funds through Federal Public
Assistance Program administered by FEMA.
1.2.8 Hazard Mitigation: Sustained action that reduces or eliminates long-term risk
to people and property from natural hazards and their effects.
1.2.9 Subgrantee: A town, city , village, school district, municipal utility, or volunteer
fire department meeting the requirements set out at 44 CFR 206.201(a), (k), and (l).
1.2.10 Stafford Act: The Robert T. S