Stafford to use stimulus funds for disaster preparedness counseling
The Stafford County Board of Supervisors has approved the use of funds obtained from the American Rescue Act, the latest round of federal stimulus funds, to pay a consultancy firm on how to best prepare for disasters such as the coronavirus pandemic in the future.
The county will donate $ 80,208 to IEM, an emergency management company based in Morrisville, North Carolina. According to its website, IEM works with government entities and private sector organizations around the world to improve disaster preparedness. Their company’s focus areas are response and recovery, homeland security and defense, public health, cybersecurity, and critical infrastructure.
The county’s approval of the use of these funds to pay the IEM was also an official acceptance of the funds to be received in two separate parts for a total of $ 28.7 million. The first tranche was received in May 2021 for a total of $ 14.9 million from which the payment to IEM will come.
Stafford County Public Schools also expect to receive $ 14.9 million with the stipulation that 20% of that total be used to address protracted gaps in student education due to school closures due of the pandemic.
The county has also set aside a total of $ 1.7 million that is to be used for one-time and sustained projects in the event of a pandemic.
The second part of the ARPA funding, which is said to be $ 13.8 million, is expected to be received by Stafford County later this year.
Stafford County has lost 82 residents to coronavirus, while neighbors Prince Willaim and Spostylvanaia lost 501 and 124 people respectively.