PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION REQUESTS FEDERAL ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS
BOSTON – Friday, April 26, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today requested federal relief for small businesses and private non-profits impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred on April 15.
In a letter sent to the U.S. Small Business Administration (USSBA) today, Governor Patrick requested that the USSBA issue an Economic Injury Declaration for Suffolk County so that long term/low interest SBA loans may be available to the affected businesses and private non-profit organizations. In order to receive this federal assistance, the Commonwealth must show that businesses were negatively impacted and suffered substantial economic injury.
“Requesting this federal aid will help Boston and the Commonwealth recover faster from the tragic events that unfolded at the Marathon,” said Governor Patrick. “I urge the Small Business Administration to approve our request quickly to help the small businesses that keep our Commonwealth strong rebuild.”
“The horrific acts on Marathon Monday devastated our commonwealth, causing fatalities and leaving hundreds injured while also closing businesses in downtown Boston,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “We hope the Small Business Administration can deliver resources that will assist businesses with their recovery as the city continues to heal from this tragedy.”
If this request is granted, and the USSBA issues an Economic Injury Declaration, MEMA will coordinate with the USSBA and Boston’s Office of Emergency Management to have USSBA disaster specialists available in Boston to work with impacted businesses that may be interested in the loans.
In the days following the bombing, a 12-block area surrounding the explosions was identified as a crime scene by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and a large portion of this area remained closed for 10 days. The closure of this vibrant area of downtown Boston has caused significant business disruption and negative economic impact to the area. In coordination with the City of Boston, MEMA conducted a preliminary survey of businesses to determine the potential economic impact caused by this incident. This survey found that at least five small businesses in the area near where the bombings took place were severely impacted, satisfying the requirement within the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 13, Part 123.3. This finding enabled Governor Patrick to ask for federal assistance.
President Barack Obama has already issued an Emergency Declaration for Suffolk, Norfolk and Middlesex Counties (the counties that host the Marathon route). The Emergency Declaration authorizes the federal government to reimburse municipalities, state agencies and certain non-profits for 75 percent of the cost of Direct Federal Assistance and emergency protective measures necessary to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of catastrophe in the designated counties.