Press Release, Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of part of his request to the President for a major disaster declaration to support state, county and local response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Pennsylvania.“We are grateful for federal funding that will support all levels of government as we work together to stop the spread, and support those who care for the ill,” said Governor Wolf. “But I remain unwavering in my call for the approval of the rest of my request, which will provide more direct support to our friends and neighbors who are facing financial difficulties that otherwise could be insurmountable.”Under the major disaster declaration, state, county and municipal governments, as well as eligible private non-profits can receive reimbursement for up to 75 percent of eligible expenses related to the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Eligible expenses can include but are not limited to costs associated with paying overtime, or materials and equipment purchases. The declaration also provides direct federal assistance, which provides federal materials and supplies to support state and local response efforts.In the coming weeks, staff from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency will reach out to potential applicants to view the application process and necessary documentation. As the response period for the COVID-19 outbreak is continuing, the process will take weeks. All reimbursements are handled electronically.Governor Wolf said his request for other federal aid remains under consideration. His letter to the President included the following Individual Assistance programs: Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Community Disaster Loans and the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Program; and Statewide Hazard Mitigation.It is not known how soon a determination will be made about the rest of his request. Governor Wolf signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the COVID-19 outbreak, which is a required step to request a federal major disaster declaration, on March 6, 2020.See this information in Spanish here. Governor Wolf: Request for Major Disaster Declaration Approved March 31, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Facebook15Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County The Master Recycler class educates attendees on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle to benefit their community and the earth.Are you looking to do good by being more green? Ever wondered how you could do more to help the planet by helping out in your own little corner of the community? If you have passion for reducing, re-using, recycling or composting, then we want you to join the Thurston County Master Recycler Composter volunteer program!The WSU Thurston County Extension and the county’s Solid Waste Division are recruiting for this year’s Master Recycler Composter (MRC) class. MRC volunteers learn how to reduce waste and increase public awareness of opportunities to prevent waste, recycle, and compost in Thurston County. Volunteers will also be trained to promote the “Waste Less Food” campaign, which will help them share valuable tips to not only save time and money, but keep precious resources from going to waste. Participants will receive background and hands-on training from local educators and experts. Class topics include waste prevention, recycling processes and markets, home composting, worm composting, how to be a green consumer, and much more.The Fall 2015 MRC training classes will be held each Thursday evening in October from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. starting October 1 and running through October 29. The classes will be held in various training rooms around Lacey-Olympia-Tumwater area. The training also includes Saturday morning field trips on October 10 and October 17.MRC course graduates agree to give a minimum of 25 hours of yearly service as they put their new skills to use. They will work with local organizations, community members, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, or at special events encouraging waste prevention, recycling and composting. MRCs can design their own projects or work on existing ones. On-going continuing education opportunities will be provided.Online applications are available online now. Applications are due by September 15 at 5:00 p.m., but hurry, space is limited and preference will be given to applicants who live or work within Thurston County. A $25 course fee will be collected at the first class to help cover the costs of training materials and field trips.For more information about the Master Recycler Composter program, contact Cori Carlton at [email protected] or call (360) 867-2162.