Feds give more than $7 million to NY counties for emergency planning and response

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Counties across New York State just got a boost from the federal government to prepare for the worst.

Gov. Kathy Hochul said $7.4 million in grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can be used by counties to develop and implement emergency response training.

Funds could also be used for staffing, planning, and equipment, among other areas.

The state previously asked FEMA for the money to go towards communities damaged by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred back in August. The remnants caused flooding that led to many streets in Steuben County closing for several days for cleanup, as well as damage to buildings and homes in Steuben and Yates counties.

FEMA approved the move earlier this week. Steuben will receive $41,138 while Yates got $14,254.

Hochul says the money is critical as communities across the state continue to recover from devastating storms over the summer.

Here’s a breakdown of who is getting what in our region.

  • Genesee County: $26,933
  • Monroe County :$276,737
  • Ontario County: $44,402
  • Orleans County: $20,655
  • Seneca County :$17,869
  • Wayne County: $39,233